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Tuesday, 28 May 1968

Dr EVERINGHAM (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - Is the Minister for the Army aware that relative starvation, isolation, lack of occupation or diversion and repeated or prolonged deprivation of sleep are commonly recognised by psychologists, psychiatrists and military interrogation authorities as means of breaking down the resistance of recalcitrant prisoners and may have serious psychological effects? Secondly, does the Minister maintain that such measures as half-hourly awakening of prisoners in order to help ensure against self-injury or escape are standard procedure in Army prisons.

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