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Correction of incorrect media reports on Tracy Lee Brannigan inquest

11 June 2014

Correction of incorrect media reports on Tracy Lee Brannigan inquest

  1. The claim that the inquest was told female prisons are 'awash' with drugs is wrong.

    The Sydney Morning Herald ran an article by Rachel Olding on 11 June 2014 with the headline: Prisons for women are 'awash' in illicit drugs. This implies that the word 'awash' was used in evidence to the inquest. This is wrong.

    It was reported in the same article that Leanne O'Toole, Manager of Security at Dillwynia Correctional Centre, told the inquest that some 75 per cent of female inmates were abusing drugs. This is wrong. Ms O'Toole said she estimated that 75 per cent of female inmates have some sort of drug abuse or addiction issue - she did not say she believed all these women were abusing drugs while in prison.

    Following contact from Corrective Services, the Sydney Morning Herald agreed to correct the 75 per cent reference but refused to remove the word 'awash'.

  2. The claim that Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin said that security at Dillwynia Correctional Centre is lax is false.


    On 9 June 2014 the ABC claimed, in an article online and in a broadcast on the 7.30 Report, that Mr Severin admitted that security at the facility is lax. The broadcast showed him standing in front of a new fence in a prison. The ABC indicated the 'facility' was Dillwynia. This is incorrect. Mr Severin was at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre.

    On 9 June 2014 Mr Severin wrote to Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon to alert him to these errors after the 7.30 Report story was tendered in evidence at the inquest.

    Following contact from Corrective Services, the ABC corrected the online article and added a correction to the foot of the transcript of the broadcast.