Wilkie tires of waiting on whistleblower laws

Andrew Wilkie's move to introduce a whistleblowing bill prompted some action from a government hitherto content to ignore the issue -- but legislative action may fall off the "to do" list again.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The whistleblowing bill introduced into Parliament yesterday by Andrew Wilkie had an interesting and immediate result.

“We are committed to finalising our position by the end of this year and will introduce legislation early in the new parliamentary year,” Special Minister of State Gary Gray said in a media release a few hours later. Gray also invited Wilkie to come and have a chat.

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24 thoughts on “Wilkie tires of waiting on whistleblower laws

  1. Greg Jones

    Great article BK.

    Wilkie and the Greens should be commended for their efforts in trying to force the issue. But alas, it looks more and more like “Yes Minister” everyday.

    Why does n’t the Govt and the Opposition just come out and say it, that the last thing they really want is an open platform for the Public Service or anyone else for that matter, to come out and Blow The Whistle.

    Yes, “it’s a complex framework”..indeed.

  2. Stephen Paul

    The simple fact it is complex. Public Servants do have a professional duty to serve the duly elected Government of the day and not try to undermine it from within and not every whistleblower is acting with altruistic intent. We should not forget the Gordon Grech fiasco. A public servant can manufacture a scandal, grind an axe or simply get it wrong. There is too much ambulance chasing in our political discourse and people are too ready to sneer and smear. Sometimes when decisions go against you, it not because the people making the decision are corrupt, but because they disagree.

  3. Come On Carlton

    Ok then Stephen Paul, lets call the whole thing off.

  4. Jimmy

    Come On Carlton – “Ok then Stephen Paul, lets call the whole thing off.” I don’t think Stephen Paul was advocating calling anything off, just acknowledging that it is more complex than some would have it appear.

  5. Edward James

    Gillian Sneddon is certainly being short changed as a whistle blower who assisted the police bring the activity of Milton (the horrible) Orkopolous to an end in goal. Wilkie was a whistle blower. What is it which causes all to many of our elected representatives to be so tardy on important matters of governance, and legislating to protect those who expose the political sins elected reps commit against the peoples. Edward James

  6. Come On Carlton


    Shades of Sir Humphrey there Jimmy. Since when is ultimate truth a complex issue?

    @ Edward James

    Tell Jimmy to take a leaf from your comment.

  7. Edward James

    Come On Carlton thanks! Our politicians are a minority amongst us, yet they consistently dictate how we the peoples, the majority will play this dysfunctional political game. I am of an age where I see people some friends. While fighting to achieve honest open representative government, grow old and die fighting. Edward James

  8. shepherdmarilyn

    The two major parties are too busy playing filthy racist games with refugee lives.

    Now Bowen wants to cut off the mainland.

  9. Mark out West

    @ Jimmy
    I wonder whether you have ever braved the consequences of showing up the boss by saying there is corruption in the ranks, my guess is that you haven’t.

    The complexity is that most people get on by turning a blind eye.

    Politicians need to make promises that they shouldn’t to get support, so they are very vulnerable to whistle-blowers who by their very nature the antithesis to a politician.

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