Level of desperation in ALP pursuit of Heydon
YOUR Editorial ( C-M, Sep 1) was right to defend trade union royal commissioner Dyson Heydon (pictured).
The vehemence and hypocrisy of the attacks on the impartiality of one who was a distinguished member of our highest court and a leading academic lawyer speaks volumes about the desperation of the ALP and its allies to shut down a commission that is effectively performing its allocated role of disclosing evidence of union corruption.
Now, we are told, that desperation extends to raising the matter in the Senate which will be asked, in clear breach of our Constitution, to advise the Governor-General to withdraw Heydon’s commission.
Should it accede to the Opposition’s request, it will do no more than again demonstrate the accuracy of Paul Keating’s memorable “unrepresentative swill” barb that he applied to the Senate.
The commission must now be allowed to complete its task in the careful and dispassionate manner it has already demonstrated. John Kidd, Auchenflower THE hysteria surrounding the royal commission into trade unions by the Labor Party continues to fascinate.
The failure to remove the commissioner will now move to the Senate which may ask the Governor-General to do so. Logic would suggest that most organisations would be happy to assist any inquiry that would help get rid of those who rort their members’ funds and yet both the unions and the ALP are fighting desperately to defend these very people. Why? Tony Miles, Chermside IT IS right and proper that royal commissioner Dyson Heydon continue with his investigation into corrupt conduct in parts of the union movement.
Unfortunately, Labor and the unions will continue their harassment with legal battles and political interference in their bid to avoid publication and possible punishment for their inglorious conduct on many fronts. Frances Bensted, Rochedale South THE announcement by Dyson Haydon that he will not be quitting his post as trade union royal commissioner will only prolong the political agony for the Abbott Government.
This could prove to be an extraordinary miscalculation that will further exacerbate suspicions that the Abbott Government-sanctioned royal commission is a political witch-hunt. Eric Palm, Gympie I WOULD send an email to Dyson Heydon to say I think he should not sit in judgment on his ability to still head the union royal commission.
But he wouldn’t get to read it until that pesky secretary of his prints it out for him. Terry Marsden, Mansfield