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Union savages government decision to hand ‘least qualified’ operator Parklea jail contract

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The prison guard’s union is concerned the future of the notorious Parklea jail is shakier than ever after new operators were announced this week.

Ray Hadley has repeatedly exposed shocking cases of extreme violence, trafficking of illegal substances and coverups within the prison in recent years.

Private operator GEO Group did such a poor job of cleaning up the prison, their contract wasn’t been renewed.

The state government has now announced the new operator for the correctional centre and the Public Service Association (PSA) is concerned the jail will be in even worse shape under new management.

US-based corrections company MTC has taken on the contract with Spanish-owned Broadspectrum.

Broadspectrum have been involved with detention centres overseas but have never run a jail in Australia.

PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright tells Ray their union can’t understand why the state government has made such a “bizarre” decision.

“(NSW Corrections Minister) Mr Elliott refused to consider the public sector to move back in and run the jail again, as part of the public sector.

“For some reason that we do not understand or comprehend at all, the government appears to have chosen the least qualified operator for this jail and it’s in an extremely tenuous position.”

Mr Wright is questioning how his members can be confident the jail will be run properly when the contract has been kept so under wraps.

“Unless the contract’s made public, unless we know how much money is going to this organisation…  How can we have any confidence the jail’s going to be run any better than it was under GEO where these problems started?”

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