Mar 24, 2009

G4S guards still on the job, despite the death of Ribs Ward

Regardless of the outcome of the inquest, it is indisputable that Mr Ward died while in the 'care' of G4S employees. So why are they still on the job? asks Michael Winkler.

I was with Daisy Ward on Saturday as we read together Debbie Guest’s story ‘Bush elder “killed by incompetence”‘ in The Weekend Australian for which Ms Ward had been interviewed.

The article reported on the ongoing inquest into the death of Daisy’s cousin, Indigenous man ‘Ribs’ Ward (his family does not want his first name used for cultural reasons). Mr Ward died on 27 January, 2008, while being transported from the Laverton police lock-up to Goldfields Regional Prison, 360km away, by guards working for private corporation GSL.

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3 thoughts on “G4S guards still on the job, despite the death of Ribs Ward

  1. paddy

    This appalling tragedy is clearly in need of a federal intervention……in G4S!!
    Like Steve, I find it simply unbelievable, that the two guards haven’t been stood down on full pay .
    while the inquest is still underway.
    What planet do these people live on?

  2. Tom McLoughlin

    Ditto, they should be transferred out of that driving job or stood down.

    I can remember how uncomfortable the back of a paddy wagon on a hot day can be on a fairly short trip out of a peaceful protest. Ever since I’ve always thought those steel boxes are dangerous.

  3. steve martin

    Never mind the inquest is still running; I would have thought that normal procedure when serious allegations are made (and these are serious allegations indeed) would have seen the staff stood down on full pay.
    The fact that GSL apparently makes no particular provision for rest stops or refreshment is irrelevant, common humanity dictates that this should occur. You don’t need instructions for every step of your duties, or if you do then you shouldn’t have the job in the first place.
    Maybe they have to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find employees that are so mindless and insensitive to perform these “duties”,

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