Labor demands commissioner resign over Liberal links

LABOR has called on the head of the royal commission into union corruption, Dyson Heydon, to disqualify himself from the post, after revelations he was booked to speak at a Liberal Party fundraising event.

The New South Wales Liberal Party sent out an invitation promoting the former High Court judge and royal commissioner as the guest speaker for the Sir Garfield Barwick address in Sydney later this month.

The invitation included an option for those attending to makes cheques "payable to the Liberal Party" New South Wales division and said all proceeds would be "applied to state election campaigning".

When the story became public this morning, Justice Heydon called an adjournment at the royal commission public hearings saying: "Another problem has arisen that I need to attend to."

The commissioner has since provided a statement saying he has pulled out of the speech.

ABC News