Prison buggered indefinitely

johnboy 18 February 2009 48

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson brings word out of committee hearings that the electronic security system at the prison still doesn’t work and no-one knows when it will.

This is the prison that was officially opened before the election as a symbol of the Government’s competence.

So when will they bite the bullet and start shipping long term inmates all the way to distant Goulburn again?

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Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:07 pm 18 Feb 09

Prison buggery, eh?

Stay classy, Canberra.

R. Slicker R. Slicker 5:08 pm 18 Feb 09

Stanhope’s prison without prisoners is a lot like Yes Minister’s hospital without patients (and a huge bureaucracy to keep it going).

Ozhair Ozhair 5:17 pm 18 Feb 09

But at least the Yes Minister hospital was “the most efficient hospital in the country”. Even without prisoners I doubt the ACT prison could make a similar claim.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 5:39 pm 18 Feb 09

security system at the prison still doesn’t work

So it’s buggered?

johnboy johnboy 5:42 pm 18 Feb 09

Apparently whenever they try and use it, it crashes.

Feel free to suggest other appropriate adjectives.

AndyC AndyC 5:48 pm 18 Feb 09

I heard that early testing revealed that pressing the Esc key on the security systems console allowed just that…

Sorry 🙂

peterh peterh 5:48 pm 18 Feb 09

what about the old lock and key? not as spiffy as the security system, but it might just work… and post guards on the walls with rifles.

trevar trevar 5:49 pm 18 Feb 09

I don’t think anyone could come up with anything more appropriate than buggered.

caf caf 6:02 pm 18 Feb 09

I like “cactus” myself.

Bob Hawke’s lasting contribution to the vernacular.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 6:10 pm 18 Feb 09

If there’s a penalty for being behind schedule, how far overdue does the prison have to be before the security system contractor effectively pays for the entire cuddleprison project?

I don’t want any of my taxes to have paid for this farce, but would like to see some return on investment.

Granny Granny 6:14 pm 18 Feb 09

If it’s a software issue, they’re stuffed. Possibly forever!

Thumper Thumper 7:43 pm 18 Feb 09

Yes, but it’s open…

Seriously, it must be great being minister in this government as you obviously have no responsibility whatever.

54-11 54-11 7:44 pm 18 Feb 09

When the issue of compensation for the defects were raised a few weeks ago, the Stanhope “government” (now there’s an oxy-moron) quelled any discussion and the public has no information on exactly what the taxpayers are liable for.

What a shambles!

futto futto 7:54 pm 18 Feb 09

There is no fancy technology in “OZ”, which is what I imagine all prisons are like.

bd84 bd84 7:58 pm 18 Feb 09

Well they can’t ship prisoners to Goulburn when NSW hasn’t been accepting new prisoners for months since they’re too overcrowded (unless they’ve changed this stance in the past month or so?), that’s the reason why BRC and the place at Symonston are overflowing.

Not surprising the minster for something becomes minister for nothing whenever he does something wrong and is looking for a scapegoat to cover up his misleading of the community.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 8:00 pm 18 Feb 09

Move along, move along, here in Canberra there are no problems or solutions that are the direct responsibility of any member of the ACT Labor Party.
Teflon Jon has everything under control.

caf caf 9:15 pm 18 Feb 09

It seems a bit rough to hold the minister responsible for the standard IT contractor inability to complete software to spec on time. Look on the bright side – the fact that it’s still being worked on at least means we didn’t accept a crap non-working system, which happens all too often. All we can really ask is that due diligence be done, and penalties be put in the contract for non-performance. It doesn’t sound like anyone in the bureaucracy has stuffed up, to me.

Err.. there are penalties for non-performance, right?

(On the other hand, holding an “opening” before it was actually ready was a completely egregious election stunt).

el el 10:37 pm 18 Feb 09


54037 54037 11:00 pm 18 Feb 09

el said :


Chubb Security. Whose record on projects such as this, I believe, speaks for itself – but for some reason Bovis Lend Lease (prime contractor) decided to subcontract the security system to them anyway….

Granny Granny 11:28 pm 18 Feb 09

Goddam, they should send in the SAS of code geeks and bill it to Chubb. The debugginator!

miz miz 11:56 pm 18 Feb 09

I have visited the new prison. It seemed to me, when I was there, that the whiz-bang security was intended to replace the number of staff you would normally require (ie they thought it would save money in the long run). First thing I thought was, I wouldn’t like to work here, what if the technology fails and there is no backup staff member to help me out?

Unfortunately, they appear to be ‘locked in’ to the technology (boom boom), but I reckon they could retrofit proper locked doors etc, staff the prison sufficiently and move in some prisoners (instead of the iris/fingerprint scanners etc that don’t seem to be working) . . .

. . . for your amusement, the glass artwork in there might have to be covered somehow, as it turns out it has a few sharp edges! We wouldn’t want any emo prisoners doing themselves an injury in a ‘human rights’ prison, would we!

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