Commissioner Dyson Heydon to reveal his decision

Commissioner Dyson Heydon to reveal his decision

After several postponements, Trade Union Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon is due to deliver a decision on his future in the role today.

Justice Heydon’s position as the head of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption  came under question,  after he agreed to speak at a Liberal Party event.

The Unions and the Labor Party are calling on Justice Heydon to step down from the role because of  “apprehended bias”.

Justice Hedon was due to hand down his decision last Tuesday, before moving the announcement to Friday, and then against postponing it until today.

The latest ruling date was moved to today at the request of the parties, with the ACTU wanting more time to consider additional documents relating to the actions of Justice Heydon.

There have also been accusations that Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission Jeremy Gormly tipped off Mr Heydon about the issue.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the Commission will continue regardless of the decision.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the only reason Labor and unions are calling for Mr Heydon to stand down is to try and dismantle the royal commission.

“Those who are leading the charge against Dyson Heydon, and that included Bill Shorten, have one motivation, and that is to stop the investigation in to corrupt union officials,” she told Sky News.

“This royal commission must continue, on behalf of those honest union members who’ve been ripped off by corrupt union boss who put their own personal interests ahead of the people they were meant to be representing.”

Justice Heydon is expected to announce his decision at 2pm AEST.

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