Tim Wetherell Australian Royal Commission
10 March 2014
By Tim Wetherell, an employment lawyer at UNISON who has also worked for trade unions in Australia
On 10 February 2014 Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the creation of a Royal Commission into the governance of trade unions. Controversy surrounds the decision primarily because of the extraordinary powers of a Royal Commission to gather evidence, the open-ended nature of the government’s terms of reference and its thinly veiled political benefits to a conservative government.