You might think that ACC owning 33% of Serco’s private prison at Wiri was obscene enough. That a Government agency would generate revenue directly from the incarceration of citizens is a recipe for disaster, especially as we near 10 000 NZers in prison for the first time in our history. To do it with a private corporation that has an appalling human rights record, runs brutal detention camps for the Australians and has been corruptly caught out wrongfully invoicing other Governments makes this obscenity an abomination.
The icing on the cake was Serco having one of their prisons taken off them because of fight club fights, assaults and stand over tactics.
But it gets worse.
So much more worse…
ACC, which has a $33 billion investment fund to pay for the medical treatments it provides, invested in 2012 with Serco Group and two others to create Secure Future Wiri, which would build and run the prison, which is now know as South Auckland Correctional Facility.
This was despite Serco being on ACC’s investment exclusion list since May 2008 because of its involvement in nuclear arms.
Serco was involved in a joint venture with the British government to run some of its nuclear bases and ACC has a policy not to invest in companies with connections to the manufacturing of nuclear arms.
…laugh it up NZers, you’ve allowed a corrupt private corporation with appalling human rights to make money out of incarceration along with Government Departments and that corrupt corporation also make money out of nuclear weapons.
I can smell the Uranium from here.
New Zealanders, thanks to 30 years of neoliberalism, have lost any ideological compass. So when the Government suggests free market solutions in prisons, housing, education and welfare, the sleepy hobbits of NZ shrug and nod. The reality is these public services are so essential and so important to social justice and combating inequality that they can’t be left to a corporation whose interest is profit above any other value.
Only when we as NZers realise this, can we demand real change and policy that has a positive outcome rather than a damaged one.