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Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon’s position is untenable, according to Labor Senate leader Penny Wong. Joel Carrett/AAP

Heydon will consider bias claims on Friday

The ACTU will ask the royal commissioner into trade union corruption, Dyson Heydon, to disqualify himself – an application he will hear on Friday.
Dyson Heydon is facing a push to remove him as royal commissioner investigating trade union corruption. AAP/Joel Carrett

Explainer: Dyson Heydon and claims of ‘apprehended bias’

Judges and other officials – such as tribunal members and royal commissioners – must not only be impartial, they must also appear to be impartial.
Dyson Heydon, commissioner for the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption leaves the Royal Commission offices in Sydney on Friday. Joel Carrett/AAP

Heydon’s email trail for Barwick dinner made its Liberal connections clear from the start

In the jargon of the moment, Dyson Heydon – the royal commissioner who has been putting trade union officials and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on the spot – finds himself struggling with the sniff test…
Bill Shorten has emerged from the royal commission with wounds that are not mortal for his leadership but serious enough to set it back. AAP/David Moir

Grattan on Friday: Abbott’s lucky to have a damaged Shorten

Bill Shorten's appearance at the royal commission has not only damaged him but diverted a good deal of attention from the signs of division and tension at senior levels of the Abbott government.
Bill Shorten is shown on a screen giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption in Sydney. AAP/David Moir

Shorten on the spot over failure to disclose company campaign funding

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten failed until the last few days to declare that a labour hire company paid for his full-time campaign director in the run-up to his election to parliament in 2007.
Bill Shorten is grappling simultaneously with two issues that have the potential to inflict serious damage on him and the opposition. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Government’s citizenship changes target members of listed terrorist organisations

When Bill Shorten was asked by the Royal Commission into union corruption to appear before it, he said he wouldn't be commenting on allegations about his time as an Australian Workers Union official until he gave evidence.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten was forced to ask for his testimony to the royal commission on union corruption to be brought forward in the wake of media stories about union deals. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Grattan on Friday: Bill Shorten’s purgatory puts Labor into limbo

Bill Shorten's July 8 appearance before the royal commission into union corruption is crucial for his credibility and has major implications for his leadership.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has sought an early appearance at the royal commission. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Shorten seeks to fast-track union royal commission appearance

In an effort to deal with the political fallout of his union past, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has asked the royal commission into union corruption to bring forward his appearance to July.
Labor leader Bill Shorten will appear before the royal commission into trade union governance and corruption. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Royal commission into union corruption will grill Shorten

Bill Shorten will give evidence at the royal commission into union corruption, which is probing the conduct of the Australian Workers Union, of which he is a former Victorian and national secretary.

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