Royal Commissioner Heydon has dismissed the apprehended bias applications - TURC CFMEU hearings recommence 10AM tomorrow
- Introduction to Judgment (31 August 2015) [PDF 18KB]
- Reasons for Ruling on Disqualification Applications dated 31 August 2015 [PDF 402KB]
And here's the beginning of the hearing.
A few minutes to go and the gallery is already almost full.
Expectant looks from Mr Stoljar SC and Ms McNaughton SC.
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.
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.
THE COMMISSION IS ADJOURNED - TO RECONVENE AT 10AM TOMORROW MORNING FOR FURTHER CFMEU ACT BRANCH CORRUPTION HEARINGS
UPDATE - 2.25PM
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.
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:
- Further Submissions on behalf of the ACTU, HSU, TWU, Unions NSW and the Maritime Union of Australia [PDF 102KB]