Threat to whistle­blow­ers

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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.

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