Correctional Services, Savings Targets


Mr GARDNER: My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Can the minister advise: will the government meet its announced budget savings targets in the corrections portfolio?

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (LightMinister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): I would like to thank the honourable member for his question. As the member would be aware, like every other minister, I am required to deliver budget savings to the government and it is also very clear from recent discussions with the relevant unions that some of our proposed measures will not be proceeding this year. I have asked the department head to look at other measures and, like every other minister, every endeavour will be made to deliver those savings as required.

Mr GARDNER (Morialta): Supplementary, sir. Given the minister's answer and given the announcement earlier this week that the government's original savings strategy of firing 49 staff is now off the table, which parts of the corrections portfolio will be cut, and how and when will that take place?

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (LightMinister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): I thank the honourable member for his question. I will just bring to the member's attention, if he has not already seen it, a joint communiqué put out by the corrections management and the relevant union, the PSA, saying that they will work together to identify savings so that we can actually meet our government requirements. Given that that communiqué was only released last week, I don't have an answer for you today.

Mr GARDNER (Morialta): Supplementary, sir. When will the minister be providing this information?

The Hon. A. PICCOLO (LightMinister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): I would like to thank the honourable member for his question. As soon as the relevant unions and management meet to discuss a whole range of measures and they are brought to my attention for my consideration, I will be happy to bring it to the member's attention.