Minister Zollo sweeps Von Einem problems under the carpet

12 Dec 2006 archivemedia

A Rann Government ‘interim’ report into allegations that prison staff had been buying artwork from convicted murderer Bevan Spencer Von Einem simply attempts to sweep the issue under the carpet and away from public scrutiny.

Shadow Correctional Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the report was designed to get Correctional Services Minister Carmel Zollo off the hook – despite the fact that concerns about favoured treatment for Von Einem had been raised more than a year ago.

“This is a clear indication that the Rann Government is nervous about Von Einem’s situation and how it will impact with the public,” Ms Lensink said.

“In the report Minister Zollo is resigned to the fact that controls on prisoners’ bank accounts are lax and goes on to imply that other prisoners may also have been receiving funds inappropriately.

“Minister Zollo laments the difficulty of the investigation which I cannot understand seeing that a journalist was able to uncover information without having access to the Minister’s resources.

“The public outrage over the special treatment of Von Einem should not be quietly tabled in order for the government to save face.

“Our prisons are overcrowded, understaffed and basically at a breaking point.

“Minister Zollo clearly is not in control of her department – should she put her efforts into getting a handle of her portfolio rather then trying to divert attention away.”