ARC Case Progress - Dark Veil of Secrecy Lifted

05 April 2019

In a positive development for members, the dark veil of secrecy which surrounds the state government’s decision to privatise the Adelaide Remand Centre was ordered to be lifted today.

Following extensive legal arguments about what documentation and information should be made available to PSA members to facilitate proper consultation as required by your Enterprise Agreement, The Deputy President of the South Australian Employment Tribunal today issued orders requiring the government to provide for consultation a list of documents relevant to implementing the privatisation of the Adelaide Remand Centre.

These are documents the PSA has been demanding the government provide since the initial announcement of the privatisation. Given the Government’s bravado in announcing the decision, and public statements of cost savings, maintaining secrecy over these documents has raised red flags about the true story of the privatisation.

Earlier in the week the SAET heard evidence from witnesses provided by the Government about some documents, including the now publicly available parts of the contract with Serco. The DCS Security Manager gave evidence that although he is responsible for the security of the prison system across the state, he had not personally seen the contract. This is a contract which would not doubt include matters about the security of the Adelaide Remand Centre, and indeed impact on the security of other institutions across the system.

With these preliminary matters now largely heard and orders issued, the full trial is set to commence on 10 April 2019.

In a late development today, the government has chosen to lodge an appeal against the court’s orders.

It must be asked, just what is in these documents worth the government continuing to spend tens of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars on keeping secret?

The PSA will continue to provide updates to members as the case progresses.