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Labor has no plan to keep Tasmanians safe

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections

Labor has no credibility and no plan when it comes to protecting Tasmanians.

At the last election, Labor failed to commit to employing one single extra correctional officer and backed down on their commitment to build a new Northern Prison.

And under the Labor-Green Government, prison facilities were shut down and sold off, while correctional officers were stood down.

Instead of causing fear within the Westbury community, I encourage Labor to constructively participate in the consultation process which commenced today.

But it’s clear Labor has no policies, and no plans for the construction of this critically important prison project that will not only generate significant, ongoing employment in the State’s North, but will also help facilitate better outcomes for prisoners.

Instead they will continue to snipe from the sidelines.

In stark contrast, the Hodgman majority Liberal Government is getting on with the job of delivering our $350 million prison infrastructure investment program, which includes the new $270 million Northern Prison and the new $70 million Southern Remand Centre.

We have employed an additional 107 correctional officers with 12 recruits graduating next month and further recruitment is underway for up to 90 more correctional officers between now and the end of next year.

Our Government has a demonstrated strong commitment to keeping Tasmanian’s safe.

The fact remains that Labor has not one single policy to improve Tasmania’s ageing prison infrastructure and they continue to oppose guaranteed jail time for child sex offenders and for those that seriously assault our frontline workers including correctional officers. Labor had to be dragged kicking and screaming to support remissions reform to ensure prisoners are not let out before the end of their court-ordered sentence.

Labor has absolutely no credibility and cannot be trusted to keep Tasmanians safe.