Statement from ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver:
Acting on behalf of a number of affiliated unions, the ACTU has today advised the Royal Commission into Trade Unions that it has determined to proceed with an application on Friday that the Commissioner disqualify himself.
The ACTU has always maintained that the Royal Commission is a political witch hunt by Tony Abbott designed to weaken his political opponents.
When it came to light that Commissioner Dyson Heydon had agreed to speak at a Liberal Party fundraiser we called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to shut down the Royal Commission.
Given Tony Abbott has failed to act the ACTU must now take further action.
The ACTU again calls on the Prime Minister Tony Abbott to shut down the Royal Commission into Trade Unions and to stop wasting millions of tax payer dollars pursuing his own political agenda.