Politician questioned over job cuts
THE announcement of job cuts at the Grafton Jail has seen buck-passing at its best in NSW Parliamentary ranks.
Since June 29 the APN Newsdesk has repeatedly asked Attorney-General Greg Smith to explain the O'Farrell Government's decision to turn the jail into a remand centre and slash more than 100 jobs.
In the heat of strike action at the jail on Friday, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis led a delegation to Sydney to discuss the impact the cuts would have on the region.
At the time Mr Smith said he "acknowledged" the upheaval the changes would cause but refused to put the decision on hold.
Instead, he sent out a joint press release with Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis highlighting the State Government's new "Northern Rivers Jobs Plan".
Under the new plan, Clarence businesses would be given "priority" when applying for funding through NSW Trade and Investment.
In the release, Mr Gulaptis even went as far as to call on Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin to "ensure the Federal Government kicks in their fair share of support to ensure we are doing all we can to boost our local economy".