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Sh*t Happens Vicki

By johnboy 15 April 2010 12

When only the very worst of society get incarcerated it’s inevitable that corrections facilities will be unpleasant places.

That hasn’t stopped the Liberal’s Vicki Dunne from trying to reprise Colonel Hanson on the subject of violence at the Bimberi youth detention centre.

The Minister responsible for youth justice, Joy Burch, must explain why there have been 14 assaults and six security breaches, and the extent of these incidents, at Bimberi Youth Detention Centre since it began operations 18 months ago, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Vicki Dunne, said today.

“Minister Burch also must explain why a supposedly state-of-the-art centre still leaves staff exposed to personal injury and why security is not as effective as it should be,” Mrs Dunne said.

“These incidents and the OHS risks they pose to both staff and residents would suggest there are significant problems in the facility, which the government needs to address before something really serious or even tragic happens.

“It simply is not good enough to explain things away as being ‘not uncommon in a youth detention environment’, especially when the people of Canberra paid $44 million for the construction of the facility and well over $1400 per detainee every day.

Sorry Vicki, it just is common in these things.

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jj.gibb 7:45 pm 20 Apr 10

Less then 1 assault a month is huge especially considering the low number of staff that are on during any given time. And to say that some of them are only being spat on and that isn’t that serious, consider where they may be being spat on, in the face by kids who may have who knows what disease. I’d rather take a punch then take a spit. Gross

Bud White 8:26 am 16 Apr 10

Assaults, bullying and OH&S in the toilet for staff and clients of the ACT Government? No way.

cleo 9:06 pm 15 Apr 10

I’m sure there are plenty of unemployed people who would like a job, yes it’s sad, it’s all about money.

Eby 7:43 pm 15 Apr 10

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

So the little darlings are upset, are they? What’s the matter? The water in the swimming pool is a bit too cold? The Internet speed a bit too slow? I’m sick of this pampering of little thugs. They should be in an adult jail, not a holiday camp.

You didn’t hear on the news tonight that they all had their family visits cancelled because of being short-staffed? It’s hardly a holiday camp. But there’s certainly nothing wrong with providing the ‘little thugs’ with education and training opportunities, to give them a hope for the future.

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster 5:14 pm 15 Apr 10

So the little darlings are upset, are they? What’s the matter? The water in the swimming pool is a bit too cold? The Internet speed a bit too slow? I’m sick of this pampering of little thugs. They should be in an adult jail, not a holiday camp.

fgzk 3:02 pm 15 Apr 10

They are spotted early. Its a shame it all about the money.

Gungahlin Al 2:27 pm 15 Apr 10

sepi said :

1400 a day! If only something could be done to spot these kids earlier in life and say 700 a week spent on them to help them live better lives, imagine how much money we could save.

+1

sepi 2:02 pm 15 Apr 10

1400 a day! If only something could be done to spot these kids earlier in life and say 700 a week spent on them to help them live better lives, imagine how much money we could save.

dvaey 1:57 pm 15 Apr 10

johnboy said :

[The statisics she uses are meaningless, what’s normal?

What I read into her statistics, is that in a corrections facility (where troubled young people get put for criminal acts such as assault and B&E) there has been less than 1 assault per month, and on average 4 security breaches per year.

johnboy 1:39 pm 15 Apr 10

housebound said :

So JB, you’re saying it’s all just fine and dandy? Doesn’t matter what happens to someone once they’re convicted or on remand? And it’s not okay for someone to demand an improvement?

The statisics she uses are meaningless, what’s normal? How much money should it have cost?

Wraith 1:23 pm 15 Apr 10

I think turning it into a Political Football and not giving a damn about the issue is more the point

housebound 1:08 pm 15 Apr 10

So JB, you’re saying it’s all just fine and dandy? Doesn’t matter what happens to someone once they’re convicted or on remand? And it’s not okay for someone to demand an improvement?

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