Whistleblowers are being scared into silence, hampering efforts to expose corruption in Australia, research finds

Whistleblowers are being scared into silence, hampering efforts to expose corruption in Australia, research finds

The Guardian

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New policy paper calls for an overhaul of laws that create barriers for whistleblowers to speak publicly about their concerns

Major flaws with Australia’s whistleblowing protections are scaring whistleblowers into silence and hindering journalists’ efforts to expose corruption, according to jailed journalist Peter Greste and constitutional law scholar Rebecca Ananian-Welsh.

A new University of Queensland policy paper, one in a series examining press freedom in Australia, finds “significant gaps and weaknesses” in the Public Interest Disclosure Act, which is designed to protect government whistleblowers from prosecution or civil liability, including on the rare occasions they go to the media.

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