The cruise ship at the centre of Australia’s coronavirus outbreak will be subject to a special commission of inquiry.

The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced today an inquiry to investigate why the Ruby Princess was allowed to dock and passengers disembark in Sydney last month.

Esteemed barrister Bret Walker has been appointed to lead the inquiry that will run alongside a criminal investigation into the ship’s deadly COVID-19 outbreak.

Labor Shadow Minister for Health and Member for Keira Ryan Park welcomed the news.

He hoped the investigation would uncover who was responsible for the cruise ship “disaster”.

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