Lib­er­als hold firm on new pri­son site

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - DAVID KILLICK Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

AT­TOR­NEY-gen­eral Elise Archer has de­nied call­ing the peo­ple of West­bury “NIMBYs” for op­pos­ing the Gov­ern­ment's plans for a new pri­son near the town.

De­bate over the is­sue dom­i­nated ques­tion time in state par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

Ms Archer ac­cused La­bor mem­ber Jen But­ler of “spread­ing mis­truths and fear­mon­ger­ing” as Premier Will Hodg­man held firm on his Gov­ern­ment’s plan to build the $270 mil­lion pri­son just out­side the town.

Hundreds of peo­ple turned out to voice their op­po­si­tion to the jail at a public meet­ing at the week­end.

“I and the Gov­ern­ment sup­port the de­ci­sion that has been ar­rived at through a process that de­ter­mined a pre­ferred site for the north­ern pri­son,” Mr Hodg­man said. “It is ab­so­lute ar­rant non­sense for the Leader of Op­po­si­tion to chal­lenge us on this mat­ter, when it is she who is be­ing silent and it is they who, as is of­ten the case, are try­ing to walk both sides of the street.”

Op­po­si­tion Leader Re­becca White said the peo­ple of West­bury were be­ing ig­nored.

“They heard from Gov­ern­ment mem­bers on Satur­day that they were go­ing to be lis­tened to and yet to­day the Gov­ern­ment claim that they are go­ing to pro­ceed and push ahead with the West­bury pri­son site,” she said, call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to re­lease the full list of pos­si­ble pri­son lo­ca­tions.

Greens leader Cassy O’Con­nor said the pri­son should built in Delo­raine. “Why aren’t they sup­port­ing a more ther­a­peu­tic ap­proach to the eight to 10 kids a year who are in Ash­ley, clos­ing down Ash­ley to children and turn­ing that into the north­ern pri­son?”

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