Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis needs to come clean on plans to privatise the Banksia Hill Detention Centre. A Cabinet in Confidence document released by Radio 6PR today shows the Barnett Government has widespread plans to privatise services in the Corrective Services portfolio. The list raises the question of WA's only juvenile detention centre being privatised and doesn’t rule out the facility being sold to the private sector in the future.
Education Unions the State School Teachers’ Union, United Voice and CPSU/CSA, today held a cake stall outside the Premier’s Palace to raise money for schools struggling under the weight of the government’s cuts to education. Schools were being forced to take money out of their budgets to cover long service leave entitlements, which for some could add up to $80,000 dollars a year.
Plans to change the way police cadets are employed is a cheap way of meeting an election promise according to the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association. There are plans for new cadets to be employed as police auxiliary officers that will see them do more work but still be on a lower pay scale.