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High comedy continues over the prison – Police hunt for leakers

By johnboy 18 March 2009 29

[First filed: March 17, 2009 @ 09:36]

The Canberra Times has an intriguing story about John Hargreaves calling in the police to protect the “integrity” of the non-functional security system at the prisoner free prison (aka the Alexander Maconochie Centre).

    ”I know the information [the reporter] has received contains a specificity that compromises the safety of the officers, prisoners and the community.”

    He said that even if a Government employee had leaked information out of frustration or dissatisfaction with his employer, it was not reflective of the rest of the staff involved in the prison project.

UPDATED: The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is making merry with this news:

    “I am very concerned that someone has deemed it necessary to provide this information to the media. It would appear that the individual concerned has felt that it is necessary to alert the public through the media rather than raise concerns with the Minister or the Department.

    “It appears that because Mr Hargreaves has been further embarrassed by someone in his own department and he is now using the AFP investigation as a tool to silence dissent.

    “The AFP investigation of an alleged leak should not be used by the Minister as an attempt to distract from the main issue, which is his Government’s appalling management of the AMC. Mr Hargreaves must assure the community that this is not simply an attempt by him to cover up yet more problems that have been uncovered at the AMC.” Jeremy Hanson said today.

UPDATED: Colonel Hanson is taking another swing calling for some transparency before we trust prisoners to this farce:

    “I am calling for an independent security assessment of the AMC to be conducted before any prisoners are transferred to the centre.

    “If the latest allegations about security failures at the AMC are accurate; they are just the latest in a long line of faults for this project…

    “I have lost confidence in Mr Hargraves’ ability to run his portfolio competently. I can no longer trust any assurance made by him that the prison will be secure when it is finally opened.

    “The community must be assured that the AMC is safe for both corrections officers and the community. An assessment should be made by an independent expert who has been ratified and reports to the Assembly’s Justice and Community Services committee.

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Skidbladnir 11:30 am 20 Mar 09

I do enjoy the idea that instead of fixing a problem which was raised in the public interest, a person being sent to prison for leaking security information about that same prison is somehow a sign of competent Governance.

simplecon 11:23 am 20 Mar 09

Call me a simple-ton but shouldn’t the police being concentrating on what is being put IN the jail not what is NOT in the jail? Or even concentrating on putting things (ie: crooks)INTO the jail?

mooo_cow 1:34 pm 18 Mar 09

Since when has the public found it acceptable for the government of the day to keep information SECRET that can harm the reputation of the Government. Nothing like keeping secrets of stuff ups from your boss, being the tax payer.

Thumper 12:48 pm 18 Mar 09

Hargreaves now announces that he is ‘confident’ the gaol will take prisoners before the end of March

He’s rapidly running out of time.

p1 12:15 pm 18 Mar 09

Is that because it will open, or because the people building it will go nuts and kill someone, thus becoming prisoners themselves?

I’ll put a dollar on any prisoners there by then end of the month escaping by the middle of next month…

miz 12:09 pm 18 Mar 09

Hargreaves now announces that he is ‘confident’ the gaol will take prisoners before the end of March

See bottom of this article http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/03/18/2519039.htm

Anyone running a book?

Mr Evil 12:05 pm 18 Mar 09

Thumper said :

“I have lost confidence in Mr Hargraves’ ability to run his portfolio competently

Fcku up, lie, fcku up, lie.

It’s becoming a regular pattern is it not.

No, no – it’s much more like fcku up, drink, lie, drink, lie, fcku up, drink, lie, lie, drink!

caf 12:04 pm 18 Mar 09

The previous instance of a leak investigation into the Canberra Times scored the paper a mention in the US State Department’s 2008 human rights report on Australia.

PM 11:58 am 18 Mar 09

Furry Jesus said :

JimBob Hanson “I have lost confidence in Mr Hargraves’ ability to run his portfolio competently. I can no longer trust any assurance made by him that the prison will be secure when it is finally opened.”

Nice to know that this hero of the people and member of the Opposition has been so independent of his party that he once had confidence in a Labour minister and even trusted him. Are the ACT Liberals toying with the idea of being a party of liberals? Next thing you know they’ll be develloping new party policy to protect whistleblowers…

How very droll…

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