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Port Arthur gunman also has a TV in cell
Thursday Jun 22 09:08 AEST

Port Arthur gunman Martin Bryant has a television in his cell but is not given access to Playstation games enjoyed by other inmates, a former employee of Hobart's Risdon Prison says.

The revelations follow outrage in NSW that backpacker murderer Ivan Milat was given a television and sandwich maker as a reward because he was no longer deemed a suicide or escape risk.

NSW authorities on Wednesday removed the items after protests from the families of Milat's victims.

Tasmania Prison Service assistant director of prisons Greg Partridge on Wednesday refused to say what, if any, privileges had been given to Bryant - Australia's worst mass murderer - during his 10-year imprisonment.

"Access to privileges is determined by a number of factors, such as the inmate's security rating and behaviour," he said.

Privileges that are given out included additional canteen items, phone calls or visits, he said.

The former employee worked with Bryant two years ago in the prison hospital, where he is housed for his own protection.

The employee said televisions were supplied by the prison to most cells, while others were given Playstations.

"He doesn't have that," she said.

Bryant watched television at night but spent most of his time pacing the small hospital yard, the employee said.

Bryant is Australia's worst mass murderer after killing 35 people at Port Arthur on April 28, 1996.

AAP 2006

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