The Trade Union Royal Commission will start reporting on its findings on Friday and expect all hell to break loose over the next couple of months. Careers, reputations and lives will be destroyed because that is what happens when criminals are held to account. And if the criminals aren’t held to account then there will be many on the law enforcement side with plenty to answer for.
Jeremy Stoljar’s submissions will also be the start of a major escalation in the war of words between the Unions, the Liberal Government and the Labor Party.
The RC issued a timetable on Wednesday (29/10/14) for submissions, starting this Friday with Counsel Assisting Jeremy Stoljar SC publishing his submissions, up to December 15 when Commissioner Dyson Heydon will publish his interim report. (Click here to read the full timetable)
The area that the Royal Commission could have immediate influence is the Victoria State elections that are due on the Saturday 29 November 2014 although most voters have probably already made up their mind with only a month to go.
It could also have an impact on Bill Shorten’s support/financial base at the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch which is still to have their elections because of legal manoeuvring by the current management.
Some are suggesting that Tanya Plibersek will use the findings of the Royal Commission to challenge for leadership of the Labor Party which is probably doubtful short-term but more likely long-term.
What has or hasn’t been achieved by past Royal Commissions gives little guidance to what can or will be achieved by this Royal Commission because a lot of this Royal Commission has been driven by social media and blogs. And it is also social media and blogs and their continued output that will have a large say in what is achieved long-term.
Even the unions acknowledge the influence of social media by the fact that they have trolls pushing their propaganda on a daily basis on social media sites such as Twitter and a number of blogs etc. But, by and large, it is rookie hour and the unions don’t have a clue on how to use social media from a strategic viewpoint and are poorly advised.
Commissioner Dyson Heydon and Jeremy Stoljar SC need to justify the over $60 million that is being spent on the Royal Commission and if they can’t their reputations will take a battering along with the Federal Government who instituted the RC. They have a lot of ammunition to work with and I cannot see them stuffing up, but the next six weeks or so will tell.
Right now there would be dozens if not hundreds of people sweating on what happens at the Royal Commission over the next few weeks as it could have a major impact on the rest of their lives. Just think of Lisa Zanatta who confessed to perjury a few weeks ago and was sacked and she will always be remembered as a perjurer. Come Friday there will be others looking at the same consequences in the very near future. An example being is that if there are adverse findings by the Royal Commission against Cbus CEO David Atkin and/or other staff the Cbus Board of Directors will really have no choice but to sack them.
The real big stick that the Royal Commission has is to refer people to the Director of Public Prosecutions for criminal charges for perjury such as Lisa Zanatta who admitted perjury and others whose evidence was nothing more than a bad joke such as Maria Butera. I suggest they should do that in the Interim Report in December as it will likely make the next 12 months easier to get to the truth as witnesses will be less likely to perjurer themselves. The chances of criminal charges ultimately being laid from evidence uncovered at the Royal Commission would have to be extremely high, but perjury will do for now.
I have the impression that the Royal Commission will really heat up from now on. There is plenty happening in the background as there is a lot riding on it for a lot of people.
There have been many highlights at the RC so far but my favourite is Julia Gillard’s ex-boyfriend Bruce Wilson taking a swing at a photographer outside the Royal Commission. The absolute stupidity of it, which achieved nothing, sums up a lot of the witnesses and their evidence at the Royal Commission.
Admin: I am back in court on Friday with Kerry Stokes and his B-grade legal team. It’s another directions hearing as Mr Stokes is on the run at the moment avoiding a hearing. We’ll see what happens on Friday.
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