A PR company in Singapore has been paid more than $16 million by the Australian Government for their work in deterring asylum seekers from attempting to enter the country via boat.
Documents released to the Guardian show that in one case, Statt Consulting made $277,000 in profit alone for just three days of work.
In one email between two directors of Statt, dated October 2013, the pair are seen discussing whether they should be paid dividends.
The Singaporean PR firm behind the heartwrenching graphic novel distributed to would-be asylum seekers (pictured) made '$277,000 in profit for three days work' in an Australian Government tender
One tender to the company from the Government, which lasted from February 15, 2013 to December 31, 2015, earned the firm more than $15million
Director Renee LeCussan responded to an email explaining why one director was hesitant about divvying up the excess profits too soon by discussing her own 'biases'.
'Since we are being honest about biases, mine are... 1 - customs has dumped so much f***ing money on us in the last few months that I feel it is the most likely time we are going to be able to take dividends,' she wrote.
'Including the fact that we just made an extra USD 277,000 profit yesterday for literally 3 days work.'
The consulting company were targeting people in Afghanistan and Pakistan through published material, seminars, radio and television advertisements.