One response to “The examination room”

  1. I was in Parramatta from August 1968 – February 1969. I remember the internal examinations well. They started in Minda while waiting for transfer to Parramatta after sentencing; then there was another one on arrival at Parra . It seemed like an unhealthy obsession with our reproductive organs on the part of the state. Later came the pap smears – I often wonder to this day if we were test cases/trials for the testing the efficacy of pap smears as a means of identifying cervical cancer. My permission to do this test was never sought or given. I’m still outraged about it today. An apology is too little/too late.


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