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This is part 15 in a series. For the full series, go here.

Whistleblowers make Australia a better place.

It is this observation that led every Australian jurisdiction to introduce dedicated laws over the past three decades to protect them. Today almost all Australian workers -- whether they work for a federal, state or territory government or in the private sector -- are covered by these laws. Unfortunately they are not working to full effect, and that is bad for our democracy.