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Source: State of Tasmania Government

23 June 2020

Elise Archer, Attorney-General and Minister for Corrections

Labor must put on the record if they support the job-creating Northern Regional Prison development or if they simply want to keep playing politics.

Last week Labor’s would-be corrections spokesperson, Jen Butler, said she welcomed the announcement by the Government to move the prison site further away from the Westbury town centre.

Yet yesterday she was spotted taking part in the small protest at Westbury against the new prison site.

And now on her Facebook page, she is refusing to commit one way or the other.

Clearly Ms Butler wants to keep having a bob each way by now claiming she wants more detail before she can take a firm stance – but the detail is readily and publicly available to everyone.

This is a $270 million project with Stage one to house 150 inmates, whilst Stage two will house 140.

We have released the Social and Economic Impact Study in full.

Today, I outlined a clear timeframe for the project to now proceed, with construction beginning in 2022.

The project will create 1000 jobs and provide a direct economic injection of $500 million to the region.

At a time when Tasmanians need jobs more than ever, Ms Butler needs to get off the fence and make it clear if Labor supports or opposes this vital, job-creating project for Northern Tasmania.

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