September 01, 2015 | Graham

Unions must challenge Dyson in Federal Court

Unless the unions challenge Dyson Heydon’s ruling that he does not suffer from apprehended bias they are piling criminality on criminality.

In a statement yesterday ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said the Trade Union Royal Commission is “terminally tarnished”.

It is a crime to try to bring a Royal Commission into disrepute. Unless Oliver and his mates take Heydon’s ruling to the Federal Court and win, they have no option but to accept the Commissioner’s ruling.

Australia is a country where we believe in the rule of law. There is a legal way to challenge royal commissions, and there is an unlawful way.

Likewise the Federal ALP must withdraw from its intention to move a motion in the Senate that if passed would call on Governor-General Peter Cosgrove to sack the royal commissioner.

The behaviour we are seeing from the federal Labor party and the unions is truly shameful. The Trade Union Royal Commission has uncovered multiple examples of criminality by unions, particularly the CFMEU.

Decent organisations would be moving themselves to clean up this sort of filth. That these organisations aren’t is condemnation enough. That they are trying to destroy the reputation of the organisation that is, is beyond belief.

Australia faces threats from without and within.

In this context the external security threat would seem slim compared to the threat from within.

We used to wonder how criminal classes grabbed hold of whole countries like Argentina and Chile, or Russia. We have a criminal class trying to do exactly the same thing in Australia, and they are up in the polls.

If you have been watching the other royal commission, the one into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and wondered how institutions could become so corrupted, you are seeing another example before your eyes.

The criminals thrive and prosper because they are supported by their peers for social reasons, or because it is very hard to look someone in the eye who you like, or who is your boss, and tell them that what they are doing is a crime.

But it has to be done.

In the end that might even  mean having to walk into a polling booth, holding your nose, and voting for Tony Abbott, because the polling booth might be the only way of telling them decisively enough.

Not only are the unions tainted with criminality, but in challenging Dyson’s impartiality they have wedged themselves. There is no way that a federal court would find in their favour.

It is about time they did the decent thing, pulled back, and punished the wrongdoers themselves. Otherwise they must be punished themselves.

Posted by Graham at 6:31 am | Comments (6) |


  1. Exactly Graham!

    And enough said if they genuinely believe he is in some way compromised or Biased!?
    Alan B. Goulding.

    Comment by Alan B. Goulding — September 1, 2015 @ 9:42 am

  2. And the Liberal party does not have criminals within it’s ranks?
    It has carried out some despicable acts on others and has no claim to be free of malice.
    Sorry but he who is without and all that.

    Comment by Robert LePage — September 1, 2015 @ 11:29 am

  3. “Not only are the unions tainted with criminality, but in challenging Dyson’s impartiality they have wedged themselves. There is no way that a federal court would find in their favour.”

    So, why must unions challenge Dyson in the Federal Court?

    Comment by Rayvic — September 1, 2015 @ 5:52 pm

  4. Rayvic:
    Maybe because they think they’ll have more success applying a little moral blackmail, holding out on the China free trade agreement?

    Maybe they just want a China free, trade agreement?
    Alan B. Goulding.

    Comment by Alan B. Goulding — September 2, 2015 @ 11:31 am

  5. I don’t see much difference to union slush funds and corporate donations which are used to buy policy, just have a look at who has donated to liberal party and they have all been looked after. labor serves the unions and the people the libs are serve the corporate sector.

    Comment by Koney — September 5, 2015 @ 8:03 am

  6. Well, if you want to know how much influence corporations buy in the Liberal Party, look no further than Clive Palmer. He thought because he was a big donor he could tell them what to doput his hand out for assistance with his projects. When he found out he couldn’t and was just like everyone else, he set up his own party to try to do the same thing.

    If you think the ALP would treat the CFMEU the same honest way the LNP treated Clive you’re living in a parallel universe.

    Comment by Graham — September 5, 2015 @ 4:22 pm

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