The Public Interest Revisited

October 1995

© Commonwealth of Australia 1995

ISBN 0 642 23513 9

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TABLE OF CONTENTS - (PDF format)

Chapter 1: Introduction - (PDF format)
Background to the Committee
Establishment of the Committee
Conduct of the Inquiry
Consideration of individual cases
Acknowledgements

Chapter2: Commonwealth Legislation on Whistleblower Protection - (PDF format)
Introduction
General legislative issues
Defining the terms
Ethics and attitudinal change
Need for an independent agency
Disclosures and investigations
Protection of whistleblowers
Retrospectivity
Legal aid and assistance
Counseliing and advice services
Whistleblowing and the media

Chapter 3: General Issues - (PDF format)
Higher education
Commonwealth/State jurisdiction
Environmental protection

Chapter 4: Criminal Justice Commission - (PDF format)
Introduction
Establishment
Accountability
Investigations
Whistleblower protection
Debriefings and surveys of clients
General comments

Chapter 5: The Shredding of the Heiner Documents - (PDF format)
Introduction
Background
Discussion
Summary comments
Implications for proposed Commonwealth whistleblower protection legislation

Chapter 7: Other Cases Considered by the Committee - Part One - (PDF format) - Part Two - (PDF format)
Introduction
Former Sale Councillors
Mr Peter Jesser
Mr Jack King
Mr Jim Leggate
Mr Greg McMahon
Mr Robin Rothe
Associate Professor Kim Sawyer
Mr Bill Toomer
Mr Bill Zingelman

APPENDICES

Appendix 1: Advices from the Clerk of the Senate - (PDF format)

Appendix 2: Individuals and organisations that provided submissions, supplementary submissions and written responses to evidence authorised for publication by the Committee - (PDF format)

Appendix 3: Individuals who appeared before the Committee at public hearings - (PDF format)

Appendix 4: Standing order 81 and extract from Privilege Resolutions agreed to by the Senate on 25 February 1988 - (PDF format)

Appendix 5: Bibliography - (PDF format)

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