The Courier-Mail

Commission must go on

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PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says he wants the royal commission into trade union corruption to continue even if former High Court judge Dyson Heydon decides to leave.

In a sign the Government is preparing for the possible resignatio­n of Mr Heydon, Mr Abbott indicated he would appoint a new commission­er if needed.

“This inquiry is not a political game,” Mr Abbott said. Builders’ Labourers Federation before its merger with the CFMEU in 2013.

There remains factional power struggles within the CFMEU with some of the former BLF representa­tives.

Following Mr Hanna’s departure, top CFMEU officials Dave Noonan and Michael O’Connor told staff in an email his resignatio­n was due to his accident.

An official AFP spokesman said they had no comment in relation to the subject.

A spokesman for the royal commission into trade unions said they could not comment in relation to Mr Hanna due to operationa­l reasons.

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