Earlier in the week Simon Corbell called his department a pack of lying bastards to excuse himself from misleading the Assembly.
Yesterday Zed Seselja (or Jeremy Hanson, it’s not entirely clear from the media release, it looks like Zed’s pinched Jezza’s release and failed to re-write) upped the ante by asking Simon to prove exactly who the lying bastards are:
“If the Minister is alleging the Department he administers failed to provide him with accurate information, it is incumbent on him to provide the evidence to show when he knew that not all prisoners were being tested on admission,” Mr Hanson said.
“I want to see the evidence that demonstrates Corrections ACT misled the Minister and the evidence of when Simon Corbell found out that he had been misleading the community.
“Simon Corbell’s track record of duplicity speaks for itself. We were misled when Simon Corbell opened the jail six months before it could accept prisoners, we were misled about the capacity of the jail being 300 when it is only about 250, and we have been misled about the drug testing at the jail. Simon Corbell needs to produce the evidence that we are not being misled again.
“Simon Corbell needs to provide all the correspondence he has had with Corrections ACT relating to drug testing regime, particularly since the Canberra Liberals started asking questions in September 2010.
“When did he know about the failure to properly drug test prisoners and did he even bother to check with Corrections that the regime was working correctly?” Jeremy Hanson asked.
One is sure Jon Stanhope can invent a new interpretation of Westminster protocols to avoid these difficult questions.