CCC calls for independent inquiry

13 Feb 2014, by Paul Papalia in Community, Parliament

The Barnett Government must establish an open and independent inquiry into the escape of a brutal rapist and another prisoner from a Serco prison van in Geraldton.

Photo: ABC News

Fast Facts:

  • Corruption and Crime Commission statement confirms the need for independent inquiry
  • Barnett Government must establish an open and independent inquiry to get to the bottom of the Serco affair

Shadow Corrective Services Minister Paul Papalia said the statement released by the Corruption and Crime Commission supported the Opposition’s call for an independent inquiry.

“The CCC made it clear that their investigation into allegations of misconduct surrounding the CCTV footage identified issues which required furthered investigation,” Mr Papalia said.

“The CCC stated that other matters relating to the escape still needed to be considered by the Department of Corrective Services.

“If there is no ‘suspected misconduct’ involved, then Serco’s failures need to be properly investigated.

“The Department’s report into the escape has still not been released and the Minister has still been unable to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

“This is not good enough, only an independent inquiry will reveal all of the circumstances relating to the escape and failures in Serco’s provision of services across the Department of Corrective Services.”