Ward 5f - Privatisation


Privatisation and the Proliferation of Racism

The cruel and callously racist treatment of Mr Ward by GSL/G4S officers is evident in all the investigative material. One of the guards, Nina Stokoe, in her statement to the Inquest described the elder as ‘a man in his 40’s, 50’s, Aboriginal with a dark skin. He was dirty’. The Inquest heard that despite entering the hospital ‘pulseless’, the word ‘dangerous’ was noted on his triage form.

‘I further agree with the submission to the effect that the state’s duty under international law to provide adequate care to persons deprived of their liberty is non-delegable, as under the Australian common law. In that context privatisation of prisoner transport services cannot remove from a state the duty of ensuring that human rights standards are met by contractors.’
Alastair Hope (State Coroner)






The recruitment practices of private companies like GSL/G4S are put in question in the context of the Orlando killing of Latino and gay people in 2016 by an employee of the company:


‘But time and again racist, misogynist and otherwise dangerous people have slipped through the company’s own screening process and been given power over vulnerable people. Repeatedly the company’s readiness to act in response to warnings has been found wanting.’
Clare Sambrook





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