30 Apr 2009

Bill gives more protection to whisle-blowers

8:19 pm on 30 April 2009

A bill strengthening the protections for whistle-blowers has passed into law with unanimous support in Parliament.

The legislation amends the Protected Disclosures Act to give the Ombudsman new powers.

Speaking on behalf of the State Services Minister, Maurice Williamson told Parliament that the bill gives the Ombudsman an enhanced guiding, reviewing, and investigating role in relation to whistle blowing.

"For example, the Ombudsman will advise on what is serious wrongdoing and on whom to complain to. This should provide a filter for misguided disclosures as well as encouraging whistle-blowers to show light on serious wrongdoing," he said.