26 September 2023

Retired Judge to review PS whistle-blower laws

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The Department of Justice and Attorney-General has begun a review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010.

The Act allows the disclosure of information about wrongdoing in the public sector, as well as providing protection for those who make disclosures.

The review was recommended in the report, Let the Sunshine In: A Review of Culture and Accountability in the Queensland Public Sector, by Peter Coaldrake.

Attorney-General, Shannon Fentiman said making a protected public interest disclosure, or whistle-blowing, played an important role in modern democratic Government.

“The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 is a key part of Queensland’s integrity framework, and it is important that this legislation is effectively achieving its goals and reflects international best practice,” Ms Fentiman said.

She said retired Supreme Court judge, Alan Wilson was appointed to conduct the review, saying he possessed impeccable credentials for the role.

“Mr Wilson (pictured) was also the inaugural President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal,” Ms Fentiman said.

“He retired from the Supreme Court in March 2015.”

She said that before his judicial career, Mr Wilson worked extensively as a barrister and took silk in 1999.

“He was a District Court Judge from 2001 to 2009, a Planning and Environment Court Judge from 2001 to 2009, and a Children’s Court judge from 2003 to 2009,” the Minister said.

The review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 is expected to be completed by 30 April 2023.

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