The Courier-Mail

Heydon to decide his fate over bias claims

- RENEE VIELLARIS

FORMER High Court judge Dyson Heydon will reveal on Tuesday whether he will step down as head of the royal commission into trade unions over allegation­s of his own apprehende­d bias.

If he does, Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces having to appoint another commission­er, potentiall­y requiring some evidence to be taken again. The inquiry is hearing evidence about alleged union corruption and it has questioned Opposition Leader Bill Shorten about his time at the Australian Workers’ Union.

If Mr Heydon does not excuse himself, the union movement will likely take the matter to a higher court to topple him. If that happens, questions will be asked as to whether it would be appropriat­e for Mr Heydon to keep taking evidence while a superior court considers the case against him.

Mr Heydon is under fire for agreeing to speak at the Sir Garfield Barwick address, in which funds are raised for the NSW Liberal Party. He pulled out of the address but unions pounced, saying the average person in the street may consider him to be biased.

For almost three hours yesterday he heard arguments about why he should step down. Three separate submission­s from seven unions have been tendered.

 ??  ?? AGREEMENT: Treasurer Joe Hockey; (inset) our July front page predicting the GST move.
AGREEMENT: Treasurer Joe Hockey; (inset) our July front page predicting the GST move.

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