Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking

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Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking
Date1981–1983
Duration2 years
LocationAustralia
Also known asStewart Royal Commission
CommissionerJustice Donald Stewart

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking (1981–1983), also known as the Stewart Royal Commission, was a Royal Commission set up in 1981 by the Commonwealth, Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian governments to inquire into various drug trafficking and related criminal activities of Terrance John Clark and his associates. However, the Commission would spend much of its time examining how criminals were using and abusing the passport system for criminal purposes.[1]

The Commission was headed by New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Donald Stewart.

The Commission published its final report in 1983,[2] making recommendations on how to prevent abuses in the issue of passports, most of which were acted upon by the government.[1] The report made 40 recommendations, including that applicants for a passport attend a Passport Office and that mailed applications cease; that passports be issued only to citizens, so that British subjects cease to be entitled to a passport; that birth certificates not to be accepted as a sufficient proof of identity; that passports cease to be issued to travel or other agents; that all persons who change their names, whether by choice, marriage or adoption, be required to register the change with the State Registrar of births, deaths and marriages.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Jane Doulman, David Lee (2008). Every Assistance & Protection: A History of the Australian Passport. Federation Press. ISBN 9781862876873.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Stewart Royal Commission 1983, Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking in Australia, AGPS, Canberra.