Private McPrison will generate $1.2billion but cost $1.3billion
Backing for fast track jail
Auckland Mayor Len Brown is backing a Government move to fast-track resource consent hearings for a new prison in South Auckland.
But he is out of step with Manurewa Local Board chairman Daniel Newman, who says local views on the 960-bed prison at Wiri would be better heard through the normal resource consent process used by councils.
The prison is the second major project in Auckland which the Government wants rushed through its consenting phase.
The prison, planned to be running by 2014, would be the first in New Zealand to be designed, built and operated under a public-private partnership and was needed to cope with the extra 2270 prison beds needed by 2019. An economic impact report expected the prison to bring $1.2 billion to the region over its 30-year lifespan.
Oh it's going to generate $1.2billion is it? Everyone, quickly. let's skip to the fucking pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and sing a little song of love for private prisons, Crusher Collins couldn't sing enough praise for the $1.2billion this private prison is supposed to generate in 30 years yet the reality is that the Private Prison at Wiri that Len Brown wants to fast rack WILL ACTUALLY COST $1.3BILLION! so we are out of pocket $100million PLUS the fact that the head of GEO told the select committee into Private Prisons that it wouldn't be cheaper than the public system.
So why is Len so hell bent on building this monstrosity that will allow the Private Prison industry to warp social policy with a profit motive?
The private sector may be able to do some things more 'efficiently' than the Government, but public services are for the benefit of the people, corporations are to maximize profits for themselves - no matter how the right spin it, that is the reality. The Corporation doesn't give a toss about you, so back to Len Brown, why fast track this?