A story that I suspect will come to dominate the news more than the Abbott-Hockey budget starts off today. The Royal Commission into Union Governance and Corruption begins hearings today. Readers can watch online here. I don’t know if Sky News will have live coverage or not (I suspect if they can, they will; just press red).
A taster from The Australian of what we can expect:
… Mr Blewitt intends to tell retired High Court judge Dyson Heydon’s royal commission about his role in a criminal fraud in the 1990s. He will give evidence of how he and his then boss, Mr Wilson, allegedly siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from a building company to the union slush fund, the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association.
Mr Blewitt’s Melbourne-based solicitor, Bob Galbally, said: “Ralph is prepared to incriminate himself and reveal all. I have been told that he will be in the witness box for a day or two.”
Adding to the newsworthiness of the Royal Commission will be allegations that relate to former prime minister Julia Gillard. I would like to think that she was more of a victim than an accomplice in those events.