Statement on release of AWU submissions
7 November 2015
The Commission is aware of concerns expressed regarding the timing of the release of counsel assisting's submissions into the AWU.
On 23 October 2015 at the conclusion of the public hearings into the AWU, the Commissioner made directions for a timetable for submissions, which included that these submissions be filed on or by 6 November.
Practice Direction 16 setting out this timetable was distributed to all affected persons and also published on the Commission's website the same day. A copy of that Direction is available here www.tradeunionroyalcommission.gov.au/Pages/PracticeDirections.aspx
The submissions are lengthy and Commission staff worked under great pressure to meet the deadline set by the Commissioner on 23 October.
The Commission is operating under an extremely tight timetable to complete its work. Timetables are set to give affected persons time to plan for and complete their responses. It is important that the Commission meet its obligations just as it expects affected persons to meet theirs.
The submissions were completed in the early evening of 6 November and immediately released to all affected persons through the Electronic Court Book shortly before being publicly released to the media at 8.07pm. There was no disrespect intended to any affected person by this process.
The Commission's public website is operated through an external agency who will publish the submissions on the website on Monday.