Threat to whistleblowers
PUBLIC servants say whistleblowers must get stronger legal protections to expose bad behaviour, as there is a culture in the State Government of punishment for speaking out.
SA Best leader Nick Xenophon is pushing to protect and reward whistleblowers for exposing corruption and waste, as revealed in the Sunday Mail yesterday. Public Service Association secretary Nev Kitch- in said: “It’s been a concern for some time that those people who do speak out can effectively have a career-limiting move placed on them.”
Former public servant Sharon Olsson said she was threatened with retribution a decade ago when raising concerns about Oakden aged-care facility. “If you do speak out, there will be recriminations, and everyone knows this,” she said.