Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry are reserved for matters of very significant public interest. They have wide powers to summon witnesses and require production of evidence. Their effectiveness lies in their ability to focus solely on the questions presented to them and to inquire into any matters they see fit in order to get to the bottom of issues.
About Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry
Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry are established under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908, and are able to inquire into any matter of major public importance of concern to the Government of the day. The terms of reference for an inquiry are set by the Government and formalised by way of an Order in Council signed by the Governor-General.