Published: 13 Aug 2015
The Royal Commission into trade unions should be shut down immediately following revelations that Commissioner Dyson Heydon accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker at a Liberal Party fundraiser, according to the CFMEU.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that there could now be no doubt in anyone’s mind about the partisan nature of the Commission.
“No fair minded person can have any faith in the fairness of the proceedings of the Commission given the links between the Commissioner and the Liberal Party,” he said.
“The CFMEU has maintained that from outset the Commission has displayed a bias against unions in the way it has conducted its proceedings.
“There has been a glaring lack of natural justice applied to witnesses from unions whereby serious allegations are made against them without proper notice.
“Certain witnesses have been invited to make very serious allegations without any opportunity for their evidence to be cross examined until a much later date.
“And there have been leaks to the media containing details of matters that were later dealt with at the Commission before the union was notified of these matters,” he said.
In July last year, Mr Noonan wrote to the Commissioner expressing concern about leaks to the media regarding matters that were due to go before the Commission and the leaking of certain evidence.
In the letter Mr Noonan also queried the timing of the hearings which coincided with the Senate hearings into the reestablishment of the ABCC and asked the Commissioner to ‘satisfy yourself that those Commission staff who decided the timing of next week’s hearings did not take political considerations into account.’
Mr Noonan said it was now clear that Dyson Heydon is politically biased.
“The conflict of interest cannot be any clearer. Accepting an invitation to speak at a Liberal Party fundraiser is about as partisan as you can get.”