Prison Privatisation

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SpeakersPresident; Hale Ms Sylvia; Robertson The Hon John
BusinessQuestions Without Notice

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Ms SYLVIA HALE: I address my question to the Minister for Corrective Services. I refer to the rally by thousands of corrective service officers, and their families and supporters, outside the Parliament today. Will the Minister guarantee those officers and their families that the privatisation of Cessnock and Parklea jails will not result in a reduction in their pay or their working conditions? Or, will the Minister be honest with them and admit that privatising jails is all about reducing the pay of corrective service officers and cutting their working conditions, and driving down the living standards of working families?

The Hon. Greg Donnelly: Point of order: Ms Sylvia Hale is well and truly familiar with the standing orders. Clearly, contained within her question was argument and debate, and therefore her question should be ruled out of order.

Ms SYLVIA HALE: To the point of order: Clearly the question contained a request for information; it did not contain argument or debate. I am sure the Minister can defend himself.

The PRESIDENT: Order! I will read the question. While I am considering the question, rather than delay question time I will take the next question.


The PRESIDENT: Order! With regard to the point of order taken earlier to a question asked by Ms Sylvia Hale, I rule the question out of order under Standing Order 65 (1).