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Dyson Heydon delays decision on his future

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Trade union royal commissioner Dyson Heydon has delayed his decision about his future in the role.

A statement from the Royal Commission said Justice Heydon is “still considering his ruling” after the unions applied to have him “disqualify himself from the current inquiry”.

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On Friday, the Commissioner said he hoped to make that ruling on Tuesday, however that will now be made ‘in due course’.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions, the CFMEU and the AWU all made applications for Justice Heydon to stand down.

According to the release, the “Royal Commission will make a further statement on the timing of Commissioner Heydon’s decision in due course”.

A session scheduled for Wednesday involving the NSW CFMEU has also been postponed to a date yet to be fixed.

Earlier in August, it emerged Justice Heydon agreed to speak at a Liberal Party function, believing that his role as Commissioner would be finished.

Justice Heydon cancelled the engagement as soon as he realised the possible conflict, however the unions and Labor have since pressured him to stand down.

The Liberal Party and Prime Minister Tony Abbott have repeatedly supported Justice Heydon since the news broke.

In July, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten faced the royal commission’s questions surrounding his time in charge of the Australian Workers Union.

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