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Attorney Pushing Justice System to Breaking Point

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tags: Corrections, Prisons

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(2) Recognises the KPMG report found technology and processes in the corrections system are outdated, error-prone and complex, and pose a risk to the community.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