The Whistleblower Blower protection legislation failed to be passed in the Lower House on Monday night after the Opposition opted not to vote in favour of the bill.
All 16 Opposition members voted against the bill at the end of the two-day debate in the House of Representatives.
The bill required a three-fifth majority, so despite all 22 government members voting in favour, the bill was not passed.
The Bill was referred to the Committee at around 8 pm.
But after a brief deliberations in the Committee stage the Bill was voted upon. The Opposition had raised objections to witness anonymity clauses in the bill and had requested the bill be subject to a Joint Select Committee during the debate.
The Whistleblower Protection Bill sought to empower people in private and public sector to expose wrongdoings without sanctions.
- by Peter Christopher