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Great Protection for Whistleblowers

By Jazz 28 August 2007 7

Jacqui Burke is calling on the Minister Not Responsible Katy Gallagher to do something about a nurse being sacked for speaking out about bad procedures at Canberra Hospital according to this article. I thought we had protection for whistleblowers in Canberra, isn’t it one of our Human Rights? Or are we only getting half the story?

“The CT have another story of whistleblowing from Canberra Hospital here here.

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VicePope 7:34 pm 28 Aug 07

There is legislation to protect whistleblowers in the ACT, the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994. It was heavily criticised in a recent paper out of Griffith University by Dr AJ Brown.

On a quick reading, I can see why. It’s not effective in the same way as classic whistleblowing legislation that protects only those inside the tent. It’s too complex to work out who is, and what actions are, on which side of in and out. It is almost silent on the great sleeping cane toad of whistleblower legislation – which is how you stop it from being abused by public servants who are trying to stop a disciplinary or whatever process. The government was going to do something about it, I thought.

sepi 6:26 pm 28 Aug 07

If this story is true, and this nurse has been sacked over voicing an opinion about safe practices at the hospital, that is pretty bad.

Nurses are in short supply in Canberra as it is.

Maelinar 3:45 pm 28 Aug 07

Crazy is as crazy does.

Canberra will be a safer place tonight, if Jazz opens up the submit story function and keeps CC off the streets.

threeze 1:51 pm 28 Aug 07

i was almost willing to read your blog until you said “LOL”.

piperdoon 1:47 pm 28 Aug 07


chester 1:38 pm 28 Aug 07

Oh and you must have begun to realize there’s a reason they’re not game to censor me. That, after all, was part of the purpose of the exercise.

chester 1:37 pm 28 Aug 07

Well I’ve just finished my take on this and last night’s Four Corners story at you know where. LOL

I wouldn’t hold my breath on the HRCg. Come on Riot Act. If you really don’t have vested interests like everybody else in this town, you have a real role to play in assisting local whistleblowers. And we need all the help we can get.

Given all you have to do in the first place is check the facts, there’s really no excuse.

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