Selling the farm

THE State Government was selling the Hayes farm to plug holes in the state budget, Opposition corrections spokeswoman Vanessa Goodwin MLC said this week. “The state of Tasmania’s finances under Labor and the Greens is now in such disarray that they have been forced to literally sell the farm,” Ms Goodwin said.

“The fact that Hayes Prison Farm has been allowed to fall apart to the extent that it would cost over $4 million just to get it up to scratch highlights this Government’s neglect. That neglect was apparent when the Government was forced to spend $500,000 last year to upgrade the fire safety infrastructure at Hayes after a fire in a prison cell showed just how dilapidated the facility had become.

“Corrections Minister Nick McKim must confirm that by shoe-horning even more prisoners into the old Ron Barwick facility, the safety of corrections officers will not be put at risk and the prospects of rehabilitating prisoners won’t be diminished,” she said.

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