Government Jail Fail

ACT Labor’s mismanagement of the Alexander Maconochie Centre is continuing to cost Canberra taxpayers millions, years after it was prematurely opened. The expansion announced by Shane Rattenbury today only highlights the government’s failures of the past, Shadow Minister for Corrections Andrew Wall said today.

“The ACT Labor government ignored advice before the jail was built which clearly stated it should have been designed with a larger capacity,” Mr Wall said.

“The construction of the AMC was rushed and it was opened far too early purely for political gain during the 2008 ACT Election. The government is now spending $54 million dollars to take the jail to a capacity which was recommended more than a decade before it was built.

“Furthermore, this announcement has come while tender funding for the expansion is still being debated. There is no doubt the government has jumped the gun in announcing an expansion.

“The bottom line is this ACT Labor government can’t build basic infrastructure properly. Advice has been ignored and this latest announcement is just a stunt to disguise the failures of past management. Only the Canberra Liberals will deliver a solution to provide sound management of ACT corrections facilities,” Mr Wall concluded.