Senate debates

Thursday, 15 June 2023


Public Interest Disclosure Amendment (Review) Bill 2022; In Committee

10:25 am

Photo of Murray WattMurray Watt (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Share this | Hansard source

The government does not support these amendments. The government supports effective and accessible protections for whistleblowers, including the ability to make external disclosures in appropriate circumstances. This includes providing an effective pathway for disclosures to the media and others outside of government, and that's of course the intent of the bill overall. The proposed amendments give rise to a range of complex policy issues that require careful consideration and would be appropriately dealt with as part of the comprehensive second stage of PID reforms. We'd be happy to engage with Senator Shoebridge as part of that work.


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