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The Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’

Published 20th December, 2018

The Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’ will investigate the nature, prevalence and impact of the drug in NSW.

The Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’ has been established by letters patent dated 28 November 2018, appointing Professor Dan Howard SC to inquire into and report to the Governor by 30 September 2019 on:

  • The nature, prevalence and impact of crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) in NSW.
  • The adequacy of existing measures to target ice in NSW.
  • Options to strengthen NSW’s response to ice, including law enforcement, education, treatment and rehabilitation responses.

The Letters Patent also require the Commissioner to consult with communities and stakeholders on or before 31 January 2019 on detailed terms of reference for the conduct of the Inquiry for consideration by the Premier.

Community groups and stakeholders with an interest in the subject matter of the Inquiry are invited to send the Commissioner, if they so wish, a written response:

  • Nominating the identity of any particular topic, subject matter or issue falling within the above terms of reference, with a brief explanation, that they would like to be considered for possible inclusion in the scope of the Inquiry.
  • Commenting upon the draft proposal for the conduct of the Inquiry.

Any responses to this invitation should not exceed five (5) pages and be received no later than close of business on 31 January 2019 by:

  • Mail: Special Commission of Inquiry into the drug ice
    GPO Box 5341
    Sydney NSW 2000
  • Email: [email protected]

Submissions are not being sought at this preliminary stage. An Issues Paper will be published, and a call for detailed submissions to the Inquiry will be made, at a future date.

Commissioner

Professor Dan Howard SC

Professor Dan Howard SC

Professor Dan Howard SC was President of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) from 2012-16 and is a former Acting Judge of the District Court of NSW.

Professor Howard is a Senior Counsel at the NSW Bar, a Visiting Professorial Fellow with the School of Law at the University of Wollongong and a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW, where he teaches in the Masters of Forensic Mental Health program. He is a former NSW Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor.

In 2011-12 Professor Howard was a member of the NSW Minister for Mental Health’s Taskforce to Establish the NSW Mental Health Commission. In 2012-13 he was extensively involved in the Review of the Mental Health Act and in 2007 was a member of the Expert Reference Group established for the review and in his capacity as President of the MHRT.

Professor Howard is the co-author of the textbooks Crime and Mental Health Law in New South Wales (3rd edition Lexis Nexis, 2018) and R v Milat – a case study in cross-examination (Lexis Nexis, 2014).

Terms of reference

Download the terms of reference (PDF, 442KB)

Contact us

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 02 9224 5000
  • Mail: Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’
    GPO Box 5341
    Sydney NSW 2001
Published 20th December, 2018
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