Prison opening delayed again

johnboy 6 December 2008 10

Lovers of black comedy await with bated breathe the opportunity for Canberra’s incarcerated population to come into contact with the shiny new human rights compliant prison (aka the Alexander Maconochie Centre) on the edge of town.

Sadly for them the Canberra Times reports that despite an “official” opening before the election the actualy commencement of operations has been delayed, again, with a chance it might all work in March, but no opening date confirmed.

Apparently the delay is costing $25,000 a week, But with potential fines against Bovis Lend Lease for the delays of $44,000 per day it could be a good little earner if it keeps up.


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10 Responses to Prison opening delayed again
Instant Mash Instant Mash 10:32 pm 08 Dec 08

Why not just have the prisoners finish whatever else needs to be done?

It’ll cost less…

Thumper Thumper 10:37 am 08 Dec 08

Off topic, but appently the Ginninderra Superschool is not going to be ready by start of term next year.

Whoops, fail.

johnboy johnboy 10:19 am 08 Dec 08

I think what the Liberals had to offer played a huge part in the Government’s return.

nomnomnom nomnomnom 10:15 am 08 Dec 08

people voted for them because they like the idea of a government that would be willing to build a human rights compliant jail, and make the private companies responsible for their construction financially responsible for any failures.

I think the ACT people chose to reject the poor cousins of the NSW “we’re going to lock up all the muslim teenagers the day after we win the election” Liberals.

bd84 bd84 4:27 pm 07 Dec 08

Oh they had two grand openings before the election, one for the adults prison and one for the kiddies facility. To my knowledge there hasn’t been any prisoners moved into either facility, who voted for these clowns again?

Ian Ian 10:08 am 07 Dec 08

It may well be obsolete before it actually gets a prisoner.

Now, does anyone actually believe the govt didn’t know of the delays when they had the official opening before the election (how convenient?).

poptop poptop 7:29 am 07 Dec 08

bd84 said :

It’s the best way for them to keep the hotel human rights compliant.. by not actually having any humans living there.

Heh Heh Now THAT sounds like Yes Minister

bd84 bd84 10:26 pm 06 Dec 08

It’s the best way for them to keep the hotel human rights compliant.. by not actually having any humans living there.

miz miz 6:52 pm 06 Dec 08

I hope they are not going to keep cramming them all into the remand centres – they are going to have to renegotiate with NSW and get sentenced prisoners into ‘real’ gaol ASAP. It’s unacceptable to have the overcrowding I am led to believe is occurring (per article below) and hypocritical of a regime wanting to flaunt its human rights credentials.

Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 6:47 pm 06 Dec 08

I heard that they had a problem was due to the inability to find enough birds for the new fangled security system… Apparently it works on the basis of ibis recognition.

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