A special “Commission of Inquiry” into the docking of Ruby Princess in Sydney Harbour last month has today been established by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
The move is a further escalation of the already-announced NSW Police Strike Force probe into the incident, which has seen a team of 30 detectives deployed.
Berejiklian has appointed senior barrister Bret Walker as Commissioner for the inquiry, which will lodge its report in three to four months.
“It is important that answers are provided quickly for the people of NSW…we will leave no stone unturned until we find out exactly what happened,” Berejiklian said.
Walker will have extraordinary powers to examine all matters involving the cruise ship, which has been identified as a major source of COVID-19 infections.