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Corrections and Rehabilitation – Urinalysis Supervision

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Monday, 5 June 2023

Tags: Justice, Corrections, State Budget

Dr WOODRUFF - Minister, my office was contacted by a woman on parole who talked about her experience of being forced to carry out urinalysis sample collection in the presence of a male attendant in a locked toilet cubicle where she said she was watched as she undressed, sat on the toilet and urinated. I will read something that she said about her experience. She said -

It is important to understand many women have been incarcerated with experiences of traumatic events and often physical, sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of a male. Being required to expose themselves to a male on their own in a small locked room is an extremely traumatic and distressing situation.

Minister, how could this possibly have occurred? Are you confident that something like this could not have occurred? Will you investigate it?

Ms ARCHER - If this has occurred, it is unacceptable and I will definitely look into it. It should not happen.

Dr WOODRUFF - This obviously questions consent and -

Ms ARCHER - It should not happen.

Dr WOODRUFF - Thank you.

Ms ARCHER - We should have enough female attendants to be able to do it and if not, wait until we do. I will certainly investigate that.