Commission to begin 2015 hearings

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption will commence its second year of public hearings later this week.

A preliminary hearing will be held on Thursday, 23 April 2015, at which the Commissioner and Senior Counsel Assisting will give opening statements outlining the broad direction of the hearings for the year.

An important task for the Commission during 2015 will be to consider policy issues and law reform, as well as investigations into ongoing matters.

Witnesses will give evidence from Monday 27th April when the 2015 public hearing schedule officially begins with a continuation of inquiries into the Electrical Trades Union (ETU), followed by hearings into the Transport Workers' Union (TWU).

A Hearing schedule is updated regularly on the Commission's website.

During 2014, the Commission conducted more than 70 public and private hearings involving 240 witnesses at hearings in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

An Interim Report was delivered to the Governor General on 15 December 2014 and tabled in parliament the following week. The Commissioner will deliver a Final Report to the Governor General by 31 December 2015.

The 2015 preliminary hearing will be held in the Commission's hearing room on Level 19, 55 Market St Sydney, commencing at 10.00am. Proceedings will also be webcast.

A transcript of the hearing will be made available on the Commission's website shortly after the hearing.