Labor's epic fail as prison crisis worsens

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The Palaszczuk Labor Government has lost control when it comes to running Queensland's prisons.

Following a serious assault of a guard at the Woodford Prison in Brisbane yesterday afternoon, the man's colleagues have walked off the job in fear they could be next.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to show some leadership and reveal how she plans to fix the systemic problems in Queensland prisons.

"They're over-crowded, becoming more violent and the safety of workers isn't a priority for Labor," Ms. Frecklington said.

"These problems need to be solved now.

"Prisons are being turned into fight clubs and guards are being used as human punching bags.

"We've had a damning CCC report and now this atrocious attack one week before Christmas."  

Shadow Minister for Corrective Services Trevor Watts MP was also scathing of Labor's lack of planning when it comes to running the prisons.

Mr. Watts said the silence from Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Corrective Services Minister had been deafening.

"The LNP has been warning Labor that prison overcrowding only leads to more violence in and outside of prisons, but Labor just won't listen.

"Figures from a recent QON has revealed that there have been 848 prisoner-on-staff assaults since March 2015.

"Alarmingly, there have been 14 serious assaults which require hospitalisation and ongoing treatment, 199 assaults resulting in physical injury and 635 minor assaults such as spitting and pushing.

"And these figures are the incidents we know about – many others go unreported.

Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland :
PO Box 940, Spring Hill Qld 4004, Queensland Wide
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Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland
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