Minister for Corrections, John Hargreaves, has had a big spray about what he sees as the weakness of the Liberals policies on corrections.
It starts with a fighting headline: Hargreaves tells Liberals to put up or shut up.
And goes on to give us a history lesson in Liberal party policy making in the area:
- “In March 2007, Mr Seselja said “they shouldn’t have gone ahead with it in the first place”, and judging by his comments of October 23, 2006, advocates continuing the philosophy of jail for punishment instead of restorative justice for ACT citizens.”
“Fast forward to the 2008 election, where we witnessed both Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth again showing their true colours by suggesting that the Opposition would slash operating costs of the Alexander Maconochie Centre by $1.255 million and cut health services to the AMC by $1.105 million – a total reduction of $2.36 million over 4 years, with possible dire human rights outcomes.”
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