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August 2015

Our 17 August editorial and your comments on the ACTU Heydon Bias application - two weeks ago to the day

I thought you might be interested in revisiting our editorial and your comments from Monday, 17 August 2015 - the day Peter Gordon wrote to the Commission asking it to hand over correspondence.

You'll find this editorial there -  two weeks to the day.

A bit of ABC/ACTU/Labor reaction to the Heydon disqualification decision

The ABC framed today's event early on with this introduction, "Dyson Heydon will announce whether he is standing down" rather than dealing with the merits of the ACTU dodgy bias application.

Here's the ABC's political correspondent Greg Jennett discussing Commissioner Heydon's ruling - ABC tale appears to be between its legs.

Here's some of what passes for "news" at the ABC along with their ACTU/Labor script-writers.


And we'll leave the last respectful word about Commissioner Heydon AC QC to two senior leaders in one of the key unions he's inquiring into, John Setka and Michael O'Connor of the CFMEU.   Setka has the unmitigated gall to compare the Commissioner with the Wolf of Wall Street.   

Support for our website and its investigations

Great to see the good guys have a win today with Commissioner Heydon dismissing the ACTU's dubious apprehended bias application against him.

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The win over the ACTU makes the work here seem all the more worthwhile - as my nan would have said about the stories we report on  "well you wouldn't read about it".   But you do get to read about it here and with your help we can keep this site going.

Thanks again for your support.

PS - don't forget that the matter of Bill Shorten and the Thiess $300,000 payment to the AWU will be back before the Commission soon and we will be there with your help.

Royal Commissioner Heydon has dismissed the apprehended bias applications - TURC CFMEU hearings recommence 10AM tomorrow




And here's the beginning of the hearing.

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A few minutes to go and the gallery is already almost full.

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Expectant looks from Mr Stoljar SC and Ms McNaughton SC.

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Dave Oliver, the man ultimately responsible for the ACTU application.

Now 2PM and nobody at the bar table for the ACTU - that's a bit rich, it's their application.

2.01 and the Commissioner enters the hearing room.

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The Commissioner commenced by asking if anyone was aware of the whereabouts of the ACTU's legal representatives.   In another example of the ACTU's contempt for the Commission, there is no representative of the ACTU, the party that brought the application that's being decided on today.

The Commissioner has described the circumstances through which the application arose - firstly the request for documents from the Commission which was made on the morning of 17 August, 2015.   The Commissioner stated that the documents described in that application were supplied within two hours.

By consent orders were made that any submission or application for disqualification be made by the following Thursday with oral arguments to be made on the morning of Friday 21 August, 2015.

Further submissions were made during the following week.

The applications have been DISMISSED.

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No apparent reaction on the Twitter accounts of Dave Oliver, Ged Kearney, Australian Unions or others yet.

At 2.30 the TURC website has gone into meltdown.

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Journalist Michaela Whitbourn tweets the Heydon Judgement is 67 pages long - apparently demand for it has caused problems for the TURC computer servers.


The Commission has published the following links to documents including the Commissioner's Judgement and reasons for judgement: