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Chatter Matters for prisoners

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections


A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will provide $150,000 funding to deliver a Chatter Matters program to prisoners in Tasmania. 

While we make no apologies for being tough on crime, we want offenders to get their lives back on track and become productive, law-abiding members of society. 

Chatter Matters Tasmania was developed by Rosalie Martin (2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year) and uses evidence-based practices to improve literacy, support positive interpersonal interaction and communication skills, and teaches participants skills for developing secure attachment with their children.

We know that early intervention to break generational cycles of crime in children is important and the delivery of a Chatter Matters program will assist prisoners to form vital bonds with family and rehabilitate successfully. 

This in turn will reduce the likelihood of reoffending after release, which is a great outcome for everyone.  

Chatter Matters will also provide training to Tasmania Prison Service (TPS) staff to assist their communication and interaction with prisoners.

The Government has increased staffing at the prison significantly and this additional investment demonstrates our strong commitment to continually training and supporting TPS staff.

By contrast, Labor have no plan to address prisoner capacity issues after backflipping on their northern prison, and no plan to reduce recidivism rates.