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.
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“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.