Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

22 January 2018

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections

White walks away from Northern Prison

Rebecca White has today abandoned Labor’s promise to build a new prison in the State’s north.  In doing so, she has also walked away from over 3000 construction jobs in Northern Tasmania.

When challenged on radio* this morning to match the Government’s $270 million commitment for a northern prison, Ms White said Labor’s $40 million commitment was in fact not for a new prison, but rather to replace or renovate the Launceston Reception Centre.

This is an amazing backflip from Ms White who has continually stated Labor’s intention to build a northern prison.  In fact, their Economic Directions Statement clearly states they will build a new correctional facility in Northern Tasmania- not a new remand centre.^

It confirms yet again that with Labor, you simply don’t know what you’re going to get.

*Rebecca White, ABC Mornings, 22/01/2018: “What we’re talking about doing is providing new facilities to replace the northern, the Launceston reception centre… our provision within our budget provides $40 million dollars to replace that.”

^Labor’s Economic Directions Statement: - Labor will fund the investigation, design and construction of a new correctional facility in Northern Tasmania.

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