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Attorney Pushing Justice System to Breaking Point

14 March 2017
Rosalie Woodruff MP

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—


(1) Understands that an explosive report into Tasmania’s corrections system was
released last week, exposing a justice system that Attorney-General, Hon. Vanessa
Goodwin MLC, has starved of funds and pushed to breaking point.


(2) Recognises the KPMG report found technology and processes in the corrections
system are outdated, error-prone and complex, and pose a risk to the community.


(3) Further understands that in 2013, under a Greens' Corrections Minister, funding was
secured to fix these exact issues.


(4) Acknowledges this funding was scrapped by the Hodgman Government to make
short-term budget savings, at the expense of community safety.


(5) Further understands that:—
(a) while the Attorney-General has undertaken to fix some of the issues
identified in the report, this comes too late and is too little; and
(b) the Attorney General has also presided over the defunding of the
reintegration of ex-offenders program with ex-prisoners not being supported
to transition into the community, and people now staying in prison longer
before being forced to exit into homelessness.


(6) Calls on Attorney-General Goodwin to do her job, and run a properly funded
corrections system that prioritises community safety, with a focus on the
rehabilitation of offenders.