Daniel Andrews buries prison bashing report as Mokbel looks to sue

Reports yesterday that Victoria’s most notorious drug baron, Tony Mokbel, may sue the state after being bashed in prison again highlights the chaos in Daniel Andrews’ prison system.

It’s an indictment on Daniel Andrews and his government that notorious criminals look to sue taxpayers because Labor can’t keep our prisons secure.

Tony Mokbel was seriously assaulted by two fellow inmates on February 11, 2019 - the day after media reports had stated Mokbel was a feared prison boss and top enforcer within Barwon Prison.

Despite the potential for Tony Mokbel to sue the state over this prison assault, an independent report into the incident, and 4 of the 16 recommendations, have been hidden from the public.

Last night, the Andrews Labor Government instead released a “high level summary” of the report, which exposed:

  • The process taken to assess the risk Tony Mokbel faced at the time was relatively brief, and did not fully comply with Corrections Victoria policy.

  • That current Corrections Victoria policies and procedures should be re-written “in simple English” and clarify the meaning of the terms “placement” and “separation”.

  • That no formal structure for collaboration exists between the state-wide Corrections Victoria Intelligence Unit and Barwon Prisons Prison Intelligence Unit.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, David Southwick:

“Daniel Andrews can’t hide the truth any longer, he must publically release this independent report in full.”

“It’s emblematic of the chaos in Victoria’s correctional system that notorious criminals look to sue taxpayers over their handling in prison.”

“Years after the murder of Carl Williams in Barwon Prison and it seems nothing has been learnt – Daniel Andrews must act to keep our prisons secure.”

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