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Heydon allegations ‘appalling’, says Malcolm Turnbull

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Sexual harassment allegations made against former High Court judge Dyson Heydon are “shocking and appalling”, the former prime minister says.

Sexual harassment allegations made against former High Court judge Dyson Heydon are "shocking and appalling", former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

An independent inquiry has found Mr Heydon sexually harassed six female judges' associates, which he categorically denies.

Mr Turnbull says he was absolutely shocked at the news.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"There is no way you can describe this other than shocking and appalling," he told the ABC.

"This is about power. This is about men abusing their power over women and we must have zero tolerance for it. We have to have respectful workplaces.

"It is something, a phenomenon, a practice, conduct for which we must have zero tolerance."

Three of the women are pursuing claims for compensation.

Their lawyer, Josh Bornstein from Maurice Blackburn, said the firm would first try to negotiate an outcome with Mr Heydon's lawyers.

Failing that, they will pursue the matter with the Australian Human Rights Commission, and then through the Federal Court if it's allowed.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says an Order of Australia honour given to Mr Heydon will be reviewed if the harassment allegations are upheld.

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Labor says he should be stripped of the honour.

Opposition frontbencher Bill Shorten also wants Mr Heydon to pay back the salary he earned from the royal commission into trade unions.

The independent inquiry report prepared by former inspector-general of intelligence and security Vivienne Thom has been provided to the complainants and Mr Heydon.

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The inquiry report makes six recommendations on which the High Court has acted.

These include establishing a human resources policy relevant to the personal staff of justices and better induction processes for associates.

– Reported with AAP

Source: 9News

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