Government Still Playing Politics With Their Royal Commission

The Liberal Government is once more using their Trade Union Royal Commission as a political plaything.

THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS

MEMBER FOR ISAACS


THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

MEMBER FOR GORTON

 

GOVERNMENT STILL PLAYING POLITICS WITH THEIR ROYAL COMMISSION

The Liberal Government is once more using their Trade Union Royal Commission as a political plaything.


Reports today indicate that the Government will reveal secret volumes of their Royal Commission’s reports only to select Senate cross-benchers.

 

In a cynical attempt to win support for their crackdown on workers’ rights, the Government is set to ignore the insistence of its own Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon that these volumes should remain confidential.  

 

Apparently the Government only respects the Royal Commission’s findings when it suits their immediate political interests. 


But they can’t have it both ways. 

 

If Malcolm Turnbull wants to rely on these secret volumes to make the case for his legislation, he must provide them to all sides of the Parliament and potentially other interested parties. 

SATURDAY, 16 JANUARY 2016