The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has released a new report: Whistleblower protection: a comprehensive scheme for the Commonwealth public sector.
As it’s a reps committee one can assume it was sent off to find out things the Government actually wants to know about and do something about (as opposed to senate committees where the reverse is largely true). I’m sure it will be of great interest to all our readers within the public circus.
For those looking for a shorter read there’s an accompanying media release:
- “The current legal framework and organisational culture discourages public servants from speaking out against what they consider to be illegal or improper conduct in the workplace. People who raise allegations of misconduct could be exposed to serious criminal or civil liability. The Committee considers that a comprehensive public interest disclosure system is needed. The system should include Commonwealth public sector employees, contractors and consultants and provide statutory protection against detrimental action, and immunities from civil and criminal liability. Public interest disclosure legislation should play a central role in identifying and addressing wrongdoing in the public sector”
The CPSU has expressed pleasure.
Do we need a special scheme for what should be a basic part of performing one’s duties?