Page 963 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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Ms Lawder: A point of order, Madam Speaker. You still have not got to the question: how many times were the concerns raised, and when? We have not got to an answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think she is answering it within the scope. The question was around: were concern raised; did she deal with them?

Ms Lawder: How many times and when?

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lawder. You have 18 seconds left, Ms Davidson.

MS DAVIDSON: I have had more conversations with Carers ACT over the past two years than I can possibly count. I am not going to go into an entire list of the dates and times right here at this moment.

MR HANSON: If you have had more meetings with Carers ACT than you can possibly count, why is it that Carers ACT say they were routinely ignored?

MS DAVIDSON: As I was saying in my earlier answer, I take these allegations very seriously, and that is why we needed an independently chaired board of inquiry into what was happening at Dhulwa. That is why we made sure that that independent chair had the support of a forensic mental health specialist and was able to take submissions from a wide range of organisations and individuals who wanted to be able to share their experience and advocate for patients’ rights and for carers, and to make sure that we are also looking at how we make sure it is a safe workplace.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order: the question goes to the point that, in her answer, the minister said that she had regular meetings, but Carers ACT say they were routinely ignored. Can she explain that discrepancy?

MADAM SPEAKER: She is within order. You questioned her around concerns being raised and how they were dealt with—in your words “ignored”—and the minister is responding.

MS DAVIDSON: That board of inquiry into Dhulwa took its work very seriously and was very thorough and did hear from Carers ACT as well. I believe that the report that was tabled in December 2022 reflects many of those concerns that were raised in those submissions and in the hearings. I came back in here in the first sitting week of 2023 to say that the ACT government is implementing all 25 of those recommendations—that is how seriously this has been taken—and that Carers ACT were being invited to be part of the committee that was overseeing the implementation of those recommendations. When we say we are going to do something, we do it properly.

Trees—urban species selection

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Members of the community, Friends of Grasslands and Landcare groups have all raised concerns with me about the ACT government promoting exotic invasive species, including trees and shrubs, on public land. We have Municipal Infrastructure Standards Part 25: Plant Species for Urban Landscape Projects, and that includes

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