The ROYAL COMMISSIONS ACT of 1902 - SECT 6O
Contempt of Royal Commission
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.
“(1) Any person who intentionally insults or disturbs a Royal Commission, or interrupts the proceedings of a Royal Commission, or uses any insulting language towards a Royal Commission, or by writing or speech uses words false and defamatory of a Royal Commission, or is in any manner guilty of any intentional contempt of a Royal Commission, shall be guilty of an offence.” (under a penalty of 3 months' jail.)
It seems the entire Labor Party is guilty of an offence along with most media scribes and radio jocks.
Okay, the reason this law was enacted soon after Federation was to ensure the integrity of Royal Commissions in future.
The fact that Labor’s class idiot Dreyfus was the first to jump on the bandwagon after reading a Fairfax report shows his ignorance of the law and how he (and now with others) has jeopardised the process of all Royal Commissions.
The reason? Well, once a Royal Commission has commenced, no government can legally stop it. So Commissioner Heydon may now choose to step down only because of a perception of bias that exists due entirely to Labor Party accusations.
But if the Commissioner does decide to step down to protect a perception of integrity, then virtually every Royal Commissioner could be forced to step down due to a witness’s criticism of bias (i.e. Bill Shorten).
Dyson Heydon now has a dilemma... should he ignore the politicisation of the Commission and continue, or should he opt to step aside to protect the process and perceived integrity of the Commission itself?
Most guilty witnesses called before a Royal Commission will disagree with a Commissioner’s findings but the law disallows criticism of that Commission while in process, or criticism of its Commissioner, for a very good reason.
No Commission should have to continue its deliberations under a cloud of perceived bias.
Therefore Commissioner Heydon’s choices are to either step down (and leave an ensuing Commissioner to suffer the same contemptuous behaviour) or to recommend to the DPP that a clutch of ALP idiots be charged with contempt, including Dreyfus, Shorten and Albanese.
Dyson Heydon is one of the finest legal minds in the country and anyone who has viewed the TURC live streaming would know that.
The ROYAL COMMISSIONS ACT of 1902 was enacted to protect Royal Commissions and Commissioners like Dyson Heydon from rabble like Dreyfus, Shorten and others.
If Royal Commissions are to survive in future, a few heads need to roll now.