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Government fails to protect public servants

Senator Milne today moved amendments to protect public servant whistleblowers. 

"The Greens want a whistleblower scheme that fully protects those who do disclose corruption, maladministration and inefficient waste of taxpayers' money." Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"The Greens are the only party who will stand up for the interests of public servants. Tony Abbott has extreme plans to slash 12,000 public service jobs and Labor party has failed to deliver on their promises.

"The Government continues to stall whistleblower protection, allowing a culture of fear and secrecy to continue within the Australian Public Service,"

"Whistleblower protection legislation is another broken promise from the Labor party. In the 2007 election campaign, the ALP made Mr Allan Kessing a prime example for their whistleblower reforms but last year they hung him out to dry by refusing to give him a pardon.

"Last year the Senate moved that the Government fulfil its promise by introducing a whistleblower bill in the first sitting week of 2013. Today the ALP has failed whistleblowers again. No bill has been presented."

 

The amendments moved by Senator Milne today designed to fix the inadequate provisions in the Public Service Act.  Currently public servants can only report breaches of the Code of Conduct, and even if they do, there is no legal immunity.

 

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