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Tuesday, 28 May 1968

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I would like to ask a supplementary question of the Minister for the Army. Is it a fact that in South Australian civilian prisons the punishment of solitary confinement, with or without a bread and water diet, has not been imposed for many years? Is it also a fact that in times when this punishment was given it was imposed only on the order of a visiting Justice? Is it true that under no circumstances Is the penalty of solitary confinement used in South Australian prisons even against the worst murderers, garrotters or rapists in South Australian prisons today? Is it true also that a prisoner in South Australia is never awakened at half-hourly intervals? I now ask the Minister: Will he state whether in future prisoners will be regarded as safe in their solitary confinement without being looked at every half hour?

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