Detention Centre Privatisation Questions

Filed under Letters & Opinion ~ by Editor on  25 Aug 2013

Outsourcing of prisoner accommodation services, which will result in the closure of Tomago’s periodic detention centre, raises questions about the fate of workers in these centres and about the financial wisdom of the move to privatisation.

Redundancies loom for the workers at the Tomago centre, which is one of six periodic detention centres across the state to close by the end of November.

The Public Service Association of NSW (PSA) says the closures will affect about 60 positions across the state and it is concerned about options available to members who want to continue working instead of taking redundancy.

The move to hand the operation of these centres to non-government organisations (NGOs) may be more costly.

When the union was told about the review of the centres they asked Corrective Services how much it would cost an NGO to run a similar service, and they didn’t know.

If Corrective Services don’t know how much it will cost, how can they fund an NGO to run a similar service?

It is another example of the Liberal State Government making a move to privatise without considering whether it is the best option for the workers affected or for the long-term financial benefit of the State.

Sonia Hornery, Member for Wallsend

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