Labor and the Coalition today voted down a Greens motion calling on the Government to reveal progress towards long-promised legislation to protect whistleblowers.

The Greens understand that draft legislation, promised since the 2007 election, has been criticised as so weak as to be ineffective and believe that it is in the public interest that the draft and commentary be made publicly available.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said: “After promising before the 2007 election to legislate to protect whistle-blowers, Labor slowly backed away and has now gone missing in action. This is leaving people in fear of speaking out against corruption and maladministration.

“The Greens have been pushing for action to protect whistle-blowers all this time. We’re proud that our ACT colleagues have delivered the best legislation in the country, and other states and territories have also moved, but we’re still waiting on the federal government.

“Public servants need to be protected to speak in the public interest. In the absence of a national Integrity Commissioner, the very least we need are strong laws that would allow scandals such as that at the RBA to be investigated earlier.

“I’m calling on Labor to fulfil its election promise to implement legislation that promotes transparency, a culture of disclosure and accountability, for the best interest of the nation.”
Christine Milne, Greens Leader