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NSW premier’s unreserved apology over Ruby Princess ‘horrible mistakes’

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian makes unreserved apologies
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian offered an ‘unreserved apology’ for the ‘serious mistakes’ made by NSW health officials when Ruby Princess docked in Sydney on March 19.

Berejiklian was speaking for the first time since the findings of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the spread of coronavirus from the ship were handed down, as reported here, last Friday. 

Lesson from ‘horrible mistakes’

‘We have learnt so much since those horrible mistakes,’ she said.

Those not on board

Berejiklian made particular mention of the people who were not on the ship, but contracted coronavirus as a consequence of the unchecked disembarkation.

Health minister’s apology

‘I am also sorry that people’s lives have been impacted by decisions in this one-in-100-years pandemic,’ New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

Hazzard thanked Senior Counsel Bret Walker who led the Special Commission established on April 15.

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