Opposition votes against whistleblower legislation

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 08:30

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