Will the Government ever support whistleblowing and whistleblowing protection legislation?
No. It is unlikely that a government would ever support whistleblowing protection legislation. It would have to be forced to do so by citizens who wanted a more accountable government.
The government wants to hide its indiscretions, not have them exposed. On the other hand, whistleblowers are gold for the opposition.
As NSW Greens Member of Parliament David Shoebridge said "opposition parties love whistleblowers but when the same parties are in power they hate whistleblowers because they just cause trouble for those in power".
Freya Newman was allegedly the source (whistleblower) of the leak about Tony Abbott's daughter Francis obtaining a A$ 60,000 scholarship from the Whitehouse Institute of Design.
The government certainly won't want to protect Freya Newman. But we should all insist that it does protect her, and all whistleblowers, because whistleblowers help 'keep the bastards honest' and save us taxpayers thousands of dollars.
Whistleblowers must realise that retaliation will follow. Bullying, mobbing, or prosecution. Anonymous whistleblowing is safer. Don't use the organisations emails, computers or equipment. Be aware of CCTV cameras.
Sign petition to stop the pursuit of Freya Newman for leaking documents about Frances Abbott's scholarship
Governments hate whistleblowers (because whistleblowers expose their corruption)