John Key’s Growth Plan

The Herald reports:

A new prison to be built in South Auckland will bring $1.2 billion in economic benefits over 30 years, Corrections Minister Judith Collins says.

But she has been criticised for announcing the gains to be had from higher crime and more prisoners. 

Ms Collins told the Rotary Club in Auckland yesterday that the 960-bed prison at Wiri was expected to bring 1900 jobs to the region in the next five years.

An economic impact report, commissioned by the Department of Corrections, expected the prison to bring $1.2 billion to the region over its 30-year lifespan.

Well that surely is a whole new angle on the entire law and order debate.

So that’s National’s plan for economic transformation.

(Who would have guessed Garth McVicar was such an economic genius? He’s been saying for years we need more prisons)