Inquiry into Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017
The Law Council repeats its submission to Treasury on the earlier Exposure Draft of the Bill lodged on 6 November 2017.
The comments made in the Law Council’s submission remains relevant to the Bill (noting the changed section references), with the exception of paragraphs 34 and 37(b) and (c) of the Law Council’s submission which have now been addressed.
The Law Council strongly supports significant reform of whistleblowing laws in Australia and the broad thrust and intent of the Bill. It also supports several aspects of the Bill as an important first step in whistleblower reform.
However, the Bill does not currently address several of the issues for a comprehensive whistleblower regime, as identified by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services’ (the Committee) Whistleblower Protections Report (September Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017 Page 2 2017) (the Report).
You can read the full submission below.