Commission of Inquiry’s findings

Commission of Inquiry’s findings Ian Callinan AC, a former Justice of the High Court of Australia conducted a Commission of Inquiry in relation to the conduct of the Commonwealth in the outbreak and spread of equine influenza. A report was issued on 23 April 2008 with the Inquiry’s findings. The Inquiry found that the virus most likely escaped from the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station on the person or equipment of a person who had contact with an infected horse. The Inquiry also found significant systemic failures of the quarantine system. It concluded that AQIS failed to implement quarantine and biosecurity measures which would have prevented the disease entering Australia; a failure which resulted in horse-related industries sustaining lost jobs and revenue.