Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to announce a royal commission into unions and their finances as Federal Parliament prepares to return this week.
The judicial inquiry was promised by the Coalition in opposition, as part of the fallout from the political brawl over the AWU slush fund former prime minister Julia Gillard says she unknowingly helped establish for her boyfriend during her time as a lawyer at Slater and Gordon.
Mr Abbott has been urged to widen the scope of any inquiry to look more broadly at union corruption following new allegations uncovered by the ABC and Fairfax of systemic corruption within the construction industry.
However the royal commission, to be announced this week, is expected to narrow the focus on how unions use their members' fees.
Attorney-General George Brandis says there has been growing public concern about corruption within trade unions.
"I think it would be, frankly, irresponsible for the Government not to respond to that growing demand in a very thorough way," Senator Brandis told Sky News.
It has been reported that the royal commission would be led by retired High Court justice Dyson Heydon and would carry out its investigations over a 12-month period.
Labor is opposing the royal commission, which it says is politically motivated, and favours a police taskforce instead.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says no-one is above the law and that criminal issues are a matter for the police.
Beyond this, if one needs "royal" commissions to pass the time of day, before investigating Unions one should start to have a Royal investigation in:
Tony Abbott secret trust with which he attacked Pauline Hanson with.
All agreements "in confidence" between private business and any public government.
The "competition" between Coles and Woolworths driving farmers to the wall.
Sugar and salt in fast food, junk food and fizzy drinks.
Most business practices, including "selling" Crown Casino to Bazza.
The media bias against anything slightly left of Genghis Khan.
The fringe benefits of Tony Abbott pedalling "for charity" as well as all the perks for Liberals (CONservatives) going to friends weddings at the crown expense, here and overseas.
GEORGE BRANDIS LIBRARY.
The funding and networking of denialists of global warming.
The law industry that tends to bleed clients through lengthy litigation rather than the truth.
Tony Abbott relationship with "big business" that is designed to leave ordinary Australian in the lurch.
The RAN towing back boats when Abbott told the Indonesains this would never happen.
Dropping of the Gonski reform to education in favour of a clapped-out model, designed to prop up private schools, make public education beg and destroy a proper curriculum.
Our treasurer ability to count — after telling us there was no money in the kitty, told us to tighten our belts, gave the rich some ugly tax cuts and voted himself a huge deficit, while telling us the budget will be in the black by blah blah blah
Why did the ...