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their families. This is why it is so important that carers and families, as well as patients, are supported throughout ACT government programs and policies. It is why we have made sure we funded the ACT Carers Strategy in the last budget with $825,000—

Ms Lawder: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat Ms Davidson.

Ms Lawder: The question was have you issued a statement? Not did you speak to the media about it. Have you issued a statement?

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Davidson, your time has expired.

MR COCKS: Minister, will you apologise for the harm caused by not only the breach but by your actions after the revelations?

MS DAVIDSON: I think it would be safe to say that there are no words suitable to express how upset I am about what has been done to patients and their families by people who were entrusted with their care. This matter is taken extremely seriously throughout ACT government. It is very, very important that external investigators are able to do their job without political commentary and that at all times we keep in mind the impact of what we do on patients who are here to receive health care. It is not for political point scoring. It is for health care for patients.

Ms Lawder: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat Ms Davidson.

Ms Lawder: The question was will you apologise for the harm caused. The Minister has not said yes she will or no she will not. It is a simple question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you Ms Lawder.

Mr Rattenbury: Madam Speaker, on the point of order, I think Minister Davidson has conveyed incredible remorse. The opposition are now just nit-picking because they want to hear it in a certain form of words that suits them and they are taking points of order in a way that is deeply unfair. The minister is clearly indicating the position she has on this matter.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you Mr Rattenbury. She is responding to the question, I believe. Ms Davidson you have another 20 seconds.

Ms Lawder: Not very well.

Mr Rattenbury: Well that is your opinion; it is not a point of order.

MS DAVIDSON: Thank you Madam Speaker. I would like to add that at the
first available opportunity after the report from the Dhulwa inquiry was tabled,
I came into this place to confirm the ACT government will be implementing all


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