Royal Commissioner – conflict of interest

Aug 25, 2015

Q. Reports that the Trade Union Royal Commissioner, Dyson Heydon, had accepted an invitation to speak at Liberal Party event has led to allegations of conflict of interest. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

There is a conflict of interest and he should step down as Royal Commissioner

38%

56%

18%

55%

45%

There is no conflict of interest and he should continue as Royal Commissioner

25%

9%

50%

6%

21%

Don’t know

37%

35%

32%

39%

34%

38% think there is a conflict of interest and Dyson Heydon should step down as Royal Commissioner and 25% think there is no conflict of interest and he should continue as Royal Commissioner.

Views were related to voting intention – 50% of Liberal/National voters think there is no conflict of interest and he should continue as Royal Commissioner and 56% of Labor voters and 55% of Greens voters think there is a conflict of interest and he should step down as Royal Commissioner.

36% of full-time workers and 39% of part-time workers think there is a conflict of interest and he should step down as Royal Commissioner.