Prison Privatisation – Too Many Unanswered Questions

12 October 2018

Many questions remain unanswered about the decision to privatise the Adelaide Remand Centre (ARC).

The Public Service Association (PSA) and our members are determined to hold the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) and the DCS Executives who made the decision to account when it comes to the decision to privatise the ARC.

To date neither Premier Steven Marshall, Treasurer Rob Lucas, Minister Corey Wingard nor Chief Executive (CE) David Brown have provided any relevant information supporting the decision to privatise the ARC or show how it may be in the public interest. We have heard the Treasurer state that it was DCS CE David Brown that provided the advice, and we have heard Minister Wingard state that it was his decision. Even the most basic question of who made the decision remains unanswered.

The PSA has today written to the CE DCS David Brown requesting the Department provide answers to key questions about the decision to privatise the ARC. A copy of the PSA’s letter can be found here.

Given the background work that was apparently undertaken by DCS prior to the announcement, and the subsequent speed in implementing the decision since, we have allowed one week for DCS to provide us with the information which they should have readily available.

The PSA will continue to keep members informed of developments including any response received or absence of a response to our letter.