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Still no decision on northern prison

Successive Liberal Governments brought only chaos and upheaval to northern Tasmanian communities and families with Corrections Minister Elise Archer’s incompetent handling of the northern prison project.

This is an incompetent Minister who has wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on various northern prison proposals with still no decision on when the project might be delivered.  

Embattled Minister Archer’s only achievement in the past three years has been to cause enormous distress and division across the community.

Today’s news the Minister has finally seen sense to walk away from the Westbury prison site will be welcome news for the community.

But the announcement of a plan for a plan to consider the Ashley Youth Detention Centre as the preferred site came with no details about a timeframe or whether the government still intends to deliver this project.

This Minister has drawn out and mishandled this project and deeply distressed many across the community with her terrible handling of the northern prison proposal.

This project is the hallmark of a government that fails to deliver because of its own incompetence.

Jen Butler MP  
Labor Member for Lyons