Jeremy Hanson is very excited by what he sees as a slip from John Hargreaves on prison security.
- “Minister for Corrections John Hargreaves has let it slip that the reason drugs, razor blades and other contraband got inside the Alexander Maconochie Centre was because an important security system that would have prevented this breach safety was not operational, despite assurances that prisoners would not be accepted into the AMC until it was safe,” Shadow Minister for Corrections Jeremy Hanson said today.
“On 31 March 2009, I asked Mr Hargreaves: ‘Has there been any downgrading of the security specifications at the AMC in order to rush the commissioning?’
MR HARGREAVES: No. (Question Time Hansard, 31 March 2009)
When drugs and other banned items were found, Mr Hargreaves confessed:
‘We do not have in operation at the moment a machine called the SOTAR system. The SOTAR is an x-ray system … Now once that SOTAR is done then that – we believe that that probably would have prevented the entry of that stuff into the centre. (ACT Budget debate, Thursday 25 June 2009.)
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But hey, it’s open and it’s human rights compliant. Who cares about safety?