This commission was in existence for six hundred and sixty-five days from 13 March 2014 to 28 December 2015 and, there were a total of one hundred and eighty-nine hearings days in the capital cities of five states.
The cost to taxpayers was reported as in excess of $45.9 million. Heydon's own contract as a royal commissioner is estimated as worth between $1.5-$2 million of this.
With the Australian Bureau of Statistics recording 1.57 million persons who were members of a union in their main job in August 2014, only finding thirty-seven 'suspect' unionists (or 0.00235% of est. union population) is not what might be called a good look for this very expensive royal commission which examined over five hundred witnesses. Especially as its findings assert the existence of an endemic culture of corruption within unions.
So what manner of man is Dyson Heydon and how have others viewed him over time?
Commencing In December 2015 and working backwards to 1999, here is a small selection of opinions:
The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 August 2015:
From the Strewth column in The Australian, 20 December 2002: