The government’s appalling track record of negligent inaction has led to a corrections system on the brink of collapse.
Shadow Corrections Minister Ella Haddad said Elise Archer has ignored or failed to act on a number of damning reports that demonstrate systemic failure.
“A leaked Custodial Inspector report into Risdon Prison reveals 46% of staff have made workers compensation claims, chronic understaffing, unsafe levels of overtime and several extremely concerning allegations of unlawful treatment of staff.
“The minister has ignored these revelations, in the same way she failed to act on the recommendations of the previous report of the Custodial Inspector.
“The recent Coronial Inquest into the death of North Hobart business owner Voula Delios also points to systemic failures from the minute Daryl Cook entered the prison system to the moment he was released.
“It is clear from the Coroner’s report that Daryl Cook was deeply and dangerously unwell and should never have been let onto the street.
“It is typical of this government’s approach to give the appearance of action, to make promises to people, but never follow through.
“There have been clear warning signs for a long time, and one consequence of ignoring those is that an innocent woman was killed in the most shocking of circumstances.
“Elise Archer and the Liberal government must take responsibility for the results of inaction, and take steps to prevent such a tragedy occurring in future.”
Shadow Minister for Corrections