New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has pledged to do all that she can to get to the bottom of it.
The Special Commissions inquiry will be led by senior counsel Bret Walker, who will be given “extraordinary powers” to probe all the NSW agencies involved. This will include state and federal departments like the NSW border force, NSW emergency services, and the Federal Department of Agriculture.
As well as investigating decisions made by medical staff, and communications between departments, the terms of reference state that Walker is free to look into any other related matters that he may deem appropriate.
There are also ongoing police and state coroner investigations relating to the Ruby Princess.
The Special Commissions inquiry will have four months to submit its report. Berejiklian said that “the quickest path to answers is through a powerful and independent inquiry."