ONLY ONE OF TWO BAD CHOICES FOR DYSON
... and he will doubtless choose the right one
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
So he forgot to not do something he had no intention to do even if he had not forgotten to remember something he was not going to do anyway even if he had remembered to not forget he had already forgotten to remember... or in other words, “Bugger, I should have opened that attachment”.
This is a new low for Bill Shorten. He has been missing in action, using others, including the ACTU, to interfere in a judicial process where corrupt union thugs are falling like nine pins and Bill Shorten is as culpable as any of them, if not more so.
He is desperate to stop the Commission disclosing anything more of his AWU criminality and if it does he wants the findings clouded in a perception of bias.
So let’s get a few things straight:
1 Dyson Heydon is a jurist of distinction, a decent man and highly intelligent. He is not a politician.
2 Bill Shorten is a union thug, a piece of excrement and thick as pig shit. He is every bit a politician.
3 Dyson Heydon did not doubt Shorten’s credibility as a witness (although the Libs will read it that way). He said he was "concerned" for his credibility and tried to assist him under pressure from Jeremy Stoljar’s examination because Shorten’s ridiculous self-serving non-replies were clearly doing him damage.
4 Dyson Heydon accepted the invitation to give the Sir Garfield Barwick Address prior to knowing of the decision to extend the Commission hearings until the end of this year.
5 It’s ludicrous to suggest Dyson Heydon would have agreed to address any political Party sanctioned event while sitting on a politically volatile Royal Commission.
6 Subsequent to the Commission rising, any Commissioner can address any bloody function he or she damned well wishes.
7 Fair Work Commissioner and ex-AWU Secretary, Ian Cambridge and the AWU’s Bob Kernohan were the first to call for this Royal Commission, not Abbott.
8 This Labor/union precipitous bastardry is unprecedented and symptomatic of the movement’s complete disregard for the rule of law.
9 There are serious legal side issues also at play here including the illegality of publicly criticising a Royal Commission, the anomaly of a Commissioner sitting in judgment on himself and the fact that a Royal Commission cannot be disbanded once it has commenced.
10 Labor, the Greens and the unions have demanded the Government shut the Commission down... this cannot happen and is not even a remote possibility.
Okay, the ACTU’s written submissions are due to be handed up tomorrow at 10.30 am. This august union monolith who bore Bob Hawke has the option of not going ahead with submissions, but that’s highly unlikely as it would be seen as a capitulation by both the ACTU and Shorten and more grist for the Lib mill.
So Dyson Heydon will have Thursday evening to mull over the ACTU’s submissions prior to a hearing on Friday morning. I suggest there will be no Friday resolution, he will use the weekend to mull over the submissions before handing down his decision next week.
Or he may even decide to defer any judgment to another independent judicial body. Apart from that it will come down to one of only two decisions Dyson Heydon can make... to step down or not to step down.
If the Commissioner steps down it would create a dangerous precedent and render all future Royal Commissions open to crass political interference. I doubt Dyson Heydon would subject any future judicial process to that, let alone Royal Commissions.
The cacophony from the Left demanding Abbott sack him is legally illiterate and flat out contemptuous of process. He cannot and will not be sacked.
The last time a politician visited a Governor General to ask that someone's commission be withdrawn was in 1975.
If he refuses to step down and continues to preside as usual, then dozens of Labor’s corrupt unionists who will face charges will use the Commissioner’s “perceived bias” as a defence.
This is a serious side issue that Heydon will no doubt need to consider albeit that this “perceived bias” is a confected concoction entirely of the Left’s creation.
Labor the ACTU, and now their partners in crime the Greens, have purposefully created a destructive legal quagmire that can have no positive outcome... but that’s what this rabble excels at.
Commissioner Heydon must now decide on the lesser of two odious outcomes. He will decide to dismiss the ACTU’s submissions and refuse to step down out of respect for the law and all future Royal Commissions.
The cost of doing so is that the Commission’s decisions and recommendations will be tainted by a bias perceived only by Labor’s unions, the Greens and the ACTU. If I’m wrong there will be an even higher price to pay.
But either way the bill should be sent directly to Bill Shorten.