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Corrections Minister Tony Piccolo:
"Foremost, I want to express my sincere condolences to Mr Payne’s family and friends. I will provide a detailed response to the Coroner’s recommendation, that will be tabled in Parliament. It will outline actions already taken or that may need to be taken in relation to that finding."
Statement from David Brown, Chief Executive, Department for Correctional Services.
"I would like to acknowledge the work of the Coroner’s Court in what has been a difficult and tragic case.
In September 2014 I gave evidence at the Coronial Inquest and I apologised unreservedly to the family of Mr Payne.
I also publicly acknowledged that the Agency’s systems and procedures had failed in terms of its duty of care to Mr Payne.
Today I want to reiterate that apology both personally, and on behalf of the Agency.
No unnatural death in custody is acceptable and my deepest sympathies again go out to the family.
The Department will now provide a detailed response to the Coroner’s recommendations outlining actions taken or to be taken in relation to those findings for the Minister’s consideration."