Shorten not needed when Royal Commission resumes

Leader of the opposition, Bill Shorten has called the Royal Commission into Trade Union's a 'political witch hunt'.
Leader of the opposition, Bill Shorten has called the Royal Commission into Trade Union's a 'political witch hunt'. Chris Ison

THE trade union royal commission will not call Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to give evidence when hearings resume in Sydney next month.

But affected parties can apply to the commission to cross-examine the former union boss should they require.

The commission will resume its probe into the Australian Workers' Union and its dealings surrounding worker's contracts with construction companies during the 2000s.

It has set aside 10 days for the hearings starting on October 12.

The commission said it would consider any application made requesting Mr Shorten's appearance.

"At this stage the commission does not propose to recall Mr Shorten as a witness," it said.

"However, during the course of the inquiry, affected parties may seek authorisation to cross-examine Mr Shorten."

Mr Shorten was the AWU Victorian state secretary and then national secretary before entering politics in 2007.

Mr Shorten gave two days of evidence at the commission in July where Commissioner Dyson Heydon accused him of being non-responsive in answering questions and expressed concerns about his credibility as a witness.

Mr Shorten has labelled the royal commission as nothing but a political witch hunt.


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