Media Release

06 November 2018

O’Donohue: Expanding support and care for Prison Officers

Tuesday 6 November 2018

Expanding support and care for Prison Officers

A Liberal Nationals Government will protect those who protect Victorians.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide expanded mental health support for members of Victoria Police, emergency services, ambulance workers and public sector prison officers.

A Liberal Nationals Government will make it easier for our first responders to get the urgent support they need if they have been involved in traumatic events in the line of duty.

The Liberal Nationals will provide up to an extra $1 million in funding to expand the current $6 million First Responder PTSD and Psychological Injury Provisional Support Program, to include front- line prison officers.

Prison officers often work in difficult and challenging conditions, often being subjected to physical and psychological threats and intimidation from prisoners.

Daniel Andrews has overseen chaos in the prison system, from the worst prison riot in Victoria’s history at the MRC in 2015 that cost taxpayers more than $100m and left scores of prison officers with psychological injuries, to the flood of contraband and the rising violence behind bars.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of our justice system with violent riots all too frequent in our prisons and it’s placing tremendous pressure and stress on our prison corrections officers.

Since Daniel Andrews was elected crime behind bars has increased by an alarming 115%.

The Liberal Nationals will get back in control of law and order by introducing mandatory sentencing, strengthening our bail system and supporting our frontline officers.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, Ed O’Donohue:

“A Liberal Nationals Government will protect those that protect us.

Crime behind bars is up an alarming 115% since December 2014.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of our corrections system. Only the Liberal Nationals have a clear plan to get back in control of the Victorian prison system and restore order.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Member for Ripon, Louise Staley:

“Langi Kal Kal Prison provides essential jobs for the region and we must take care of our prison officers who are faced with challenging conditions every day.

Prison officers in Ripon electorate at Hopkins and Langi Kal Kal Prisons play an important role in community safety and deserve our respect and support.”