GEORGE CONTINUES FIGHT TO SAVE MURWILLUNBAH PAROLE OFFICE
George continues fight to save Murwillumbah Parole Office
”…whole community at risk if parolees aren’t properly monitored…”
25 June 2008
Lismore Nationals MP Thomas George is continuing the fight in Parliament to prevent the State Government’s planned closure of the Murwillumbah Parole Office, amidst fears it could lead to diminished reporting requirements and supervision of local parolees.
Mr George arranged for Attorney-General John Hatzistergos to be challenged on the issue during Question Time in the Legislative Council on Tuesday.
The Attorney-General refused to guarantee he was not going to suspend so-called ‘low-risk parolees’ to duly report.
Mr George said this led weight to Public Sector Union concerns that the statistical impact of the Murwillumbah closure would be masked by the Government watering down parolees’ reporting requirements.
“There is no way the Parole Office can do the same job with the same number of staff without the Murwillumbah office. If people on parole are not properly monitored the whole community is put at risk,” Mr George said.
“That is just not acceptable when the only benefit is to save the Government a few dollars in office rent.”
The office, which was established in 1980, serves the courts in Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay.
It currently has around 190 clients including some Queensland residents who have committed offences in NSW.