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High comedy continues over the prison – Police hunt for leakers

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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…

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 11:28 am 18 Mar 09

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…

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:10 am 18 Mar 09

That whistleblowers are ordinarily meant to go through Agency Heads and whatever is considered the ‘relevant competent administrative authority’ and avoid the media if possible could be read as a rather damning state for the ACT Dept of Justice and Corrections, and the Minister of the Portfolio.

Thumper Thumper 11:05 am 18 Mar 09

“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.

memberforbelconnen memberforbelconnen 1:27 am 18 Mar 09

proofpositive said :

The CT typically lacks the balls to do any real reporting.

Proofpositive, did you actually read the story before posting?

As the article says “ACT Corrections Minister John Hargreaves has called in ACT Policing to investigate an alleged leak to The Canberra Times regarding security at the territory’s new jail.”

Read between the lines dude. Harvgraves is trying to shut the story down, and scare the PS, because of the questions being asked.

“http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/police-called-in-on-act-jail-leak/1460875.aspx

bd84 bd84 10:49 pm 17 Mar 09

what could be so secretive about the security system? other then they fked it up and lied about it to the community. Maybe it’s the combination to the minister for incompetence’s bike chain that will be used as a stopgap measure when they put the guests in.

Mike Crowther Mike Crowther 5:58 pm 17 Mar 09

Parklea was an ‘electronic cutting edge’ prison when it opened back in 80’s. It would need less staff and prevent escapes and all the other promises that only pre-elections can provide. Over time the whizz-bang security broke down and the place had its fair share of escapes. They eventually went back to relying on a combination of static (wire/walls/cameras etc) AND Dynamic (adequate staffing/case management/structured days etc) security. Lesson learned.

The problem in the ACT is that there is no corporate memory in this field. It’s going to be a very, very expensive learning curve.

sepi sepi 4:48 pm 17 Mar 09

ACT govt is always trying to be a groundbreaker – like the proposed touchscreens at busstops – what happened to those?

Not that I’m mourning their loss – it was a ridiculous idea to spend money on frills like that when they lack basics like enough busses.

They should totally just go with proven technoogy, and as simple as possible.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 4:42 pm 17 Mar 09

There’s the thing with whistleblowing. Usually only happens when there’s something wrong that needs exposure. No problems = no leaks.

What the hell is it about Canberra that things always have to be latest greatst unproven technology? Defence have project failure via this approach down to a fine art. Instead of learning from the local example, ACT Corrections go slavishly following it.

Here’re some tips: 1/ learn the difference between cutting edge and bleeding edge; 2/ buy crap off the shelf after someone else has had the fun of sorting out the wrinkles.

p1 p1 3:44 pm 17 Mar 09

Perhaps a moat full of large crocs would be cheaper then what they are doing now?

miz miz 3:25 pm 17 Mar 09

Go the whistleblower. After all, technology is fallible and should be seen as such. I sincerely hope they are going with proper security backups, like daddy mentioned above (if they had those, the prison would be occupied already).

(And the obvious principle of the fallibility of technology goes double for the mooted toilet to tap water plant).

proofpositive proofpositive 2:50 pm 17 Mar 09

The CT typically lacks the balls to do any real reporting. this is not surprising given that they rely on the ACT government to keep them afloat with advertising revenue. IF you have a story you report it. IF there is a security problem the ACT government fixes it. The minister for alcoholic beverages and corrective services is looking for a scapegoat.

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