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Wednesday, 26 June 1996
Page: 2178


Senator SPINDLER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   in Victoria, women, whilst in prison, are given drugs of dependency including tranquillisers, anti-depressants, benzodiazepams and other addictive medication,

   (ii)   the women are not told what drugs are being administered to them and are denied their medical records on being released,

   (iii)   the women, many of whom are not drug-addicted before entry into prison, become addicted in prison and leave with addictions,

   (iv)   on one day in August 1995, 80 women in Fairlea Prison were administered with 365 doses of prescription drugs, tranquillisers and psychiatric drugs, and

   (v)   between 1990 and 1995, at least 60 women died within weeks of leaving prison; and

(b)   calls on the Government to inquire into the medical administration of drugs in prisons and question whether these practices constitute a breach of ethical medical practices and a breach of duty of care on behalf of the prison operators.