After originally opposing Ravenhall and advocating instead for early parole for prisoners, Labor are now taking credit for the opening of Ravenhall.
Next Daniel Andrews will try to take credit for building the West Gate Bridge and Flinders Street Station.
The Ravenhall Prison was funded and started under the previous Liberal Nationals Government to the opposition of Labor.
Current Corrections Minister Gayle Tierney once voiced her objection to spending money on new prison beds saying: “the failed ‘hang ’em high’ law and order responses that became the norm under the previous government, which kept spending more money on prisons.”
Beyond the new Ravenhall beds there is little else on the horizon for the adult male corrections system even though crime rates are soaring and a state population is growing by over 100,000 a year.
During Daniel Andrews’ time in office, more prisons beds have been trashed than funded.
The only major new male prison bed infrastructure delivered in the last three years was procured and funded by the previous Liberal Nationals Government namely the new ‘super max’ high security unit at Barwon Prison, the new Karrenga Prison and the new Ravenhall Prison.
Under Daniel Andrews we’ve seen the worst prison riot in Victoria’s history with a $100 million damage bill. The only funding from Labor has been to fix the mess they created.
We’ve seen the High Court slap down sentencing policy, complete lack of action on bail and sentencing reform and no new adult prison beds on the horizon.
At the next election Victorians will have a clear choice, more of the same soft touch to criminals under Daniel Andrews or a tough on crime approach by Matthew Guy.