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2009 Legislative Proposal for Privatisation
Following the proposed privatisation of Parklea Correctional Centre, a parliamentary inquiry called for a three month pause in negotiations. Justice Action presented a media release arguing the privatisation of Parlea is morally wrong (view here). Notably, the Legislative Council held an inquiry that received 453 submissions with all but eleven in opposition to privatation, including the multinationals and Corrections. This was followed up with a 'black ban call' on the five private multinational corporations tendering for the prison (view here). 


Community Support
The community says NO!  There was a one hundred day picket line on Premier Rees' electoral office, leafletting of shopping centres in fourteen electorates on Super Saturday May 30, rallies and a Statewide Day of Action. The government started to empty Cessnock Jail in preparation. Shuffling at Parklea and Long Bay are currently in occurance. Strikes and lockdowns are happening in response.

Justice Action has consulted with the prisons and now joins the PSA and Unions NSW to oppose the privatisations. 

Unions NSW passed a resolution at their meeting November 20: "Unions NSW congratulate Justice Action for supporting the Prison Officer’s strike against the NSW Government’s proposals to privatise Parklea and Cessnock Prisons."

Sylvia Hale, Greens spokeperson on Corrective Services, denounces GEO Parklea prison contract (view here).


Further Reading

Notice for public hearing on privatisation of prisons

Transcript of proceedings before the inquiry
Relevant sections
   >Presentation of evidence by JA on behalf of NSW prisoners: p40-51
   >Presentation of evidence by NSW Department of Corrective Services Commissioner: p2-24
   >Presentation of evidence by prison officer's union: p25-39

JA submission to parliamentary inquiry

Attachment to submission: 'Community not Corporation'

Stateline ABCTC transcripts, 20/7/09 and 27/2/09

Greens' Minister Sylvia Hale's Urgency Motion for Amendment Bill to prevent privatisation

Midnight eviction of Cessnock prisoners: Media Release 16/3/09

 

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