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Whistleblowing

It is unlawful to treat people unfairly because they are whistleblowers.

Blowing the whistle is revealing information which is in the public interest. It may be information about a person who has:

  • risked public health, safety or the environment
  • acted illegally
  • wasted public money
  • misused public resources.

The Whistleblowers Protection Act makes it against the law to victimise people for disclosing such information or to take legal action against people who blow the whistle in good faith.

Example

Two students discovered that some college administrators were using public funds for private purposes. The students informed a local politician and soon after they were expelled. The students could claim that they were victimised for blowing the whistle.


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