Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


PSA supports call for whistleblowing review

PSA supports call for whistleblowing review

The Public Service Association is supporting a call for a review of whistleblowing legislation, and would like to see it backed up with a public education campaign.

The Chief Ombudsman has said the Protected Disclosures Act, aimed at protecting whistleblowers, is not working and needs to be reviewed. She says only about 10 to 12 people a year ring her office about the Act and even fewer actually use it to reveal information.

“It’s clear that people don’t have confidence in the Protected Disclosures Act and don’t feel it is the best way to reveal sensitive information or lift the lid on corrupt or dangerous practices,” says PSA National Secretary Brenda Pilott.

“The result is that instead of using proper processes people often feel they are left with no choice but to leak information anonymously to the media or politicians. The opportunity to do that is now even greater in the social media environment.”

Allegations of wrongdoing are always difficult and while there are legitimate channels like unions to raise them, under the current legislation whistleblowing cases are handled in the first instance by organisations and employers.

“That makes it very difficult for people to feel confident that their anonymity will be protected and that there will be no adverse consequences for them in the workplace. It’s a perception issue,” says Brenda Pilott.

The PSA believes a review of the legislation would be timely and should be followed up by a public awareness campaign. It would welcome the opportunity to take part in any such review.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Climate Marches: New Zealanders March For Solutions Not Pollution

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Paris more than 15,000 New Zealanders have taken part in the Peoples Climate march in Auckland, kicking off the largest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen... More>>


Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news