Eight guards from Nauru detention centre have been suspended after they posed for a photograph with Pauline Hanson at a Reclaim Australia rally which was later posted on Facebook.
The members of the “emergency response team” at Nauru, who were hired on the basis of their cultural “sensitivity”, have been stood down pending an investigation into their social media use.
This follows the earlier stand down of a single guard on Monday.
The guards had appeared to endorse Hanson’s anti-immigration politics, and some promoted the Reclaim Australia movement and posted messages critical of Islam and Muslims.
The material is alleged to have compared Islam to Nazism, accused companies from Cadbury to Krispy Kreme of supporting terrorism by having products certified as Halal, and promoted the slogan “infidels” through T-shirts and tattoos.
A spokesman for the detention centre operator Transfield Services, which employed the men, said the matters were “very concerning and not at all what we expect of our staff”.A spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said it expected “service provider staff to act appropriately and with integrity in all their dealings with the people in their care”.
“Inappropriate use of social media channels will not be tolerated, particularly if it involves offensive material,” she said.
Just lucky they didn’t burn an Afghani flag or something, then they would really be in trouble. Wouldn’t they?