Law To Protect Whistlebowlers Coming; Cabinet Decisions To Go Public

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September 13, 2018 2:53 pm AST
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In an attempt to foster transparency and accountability in government, Governor Augustus Jaspert announced plans to introduce new and amended legislation, including the introduction of ‘whistle blowing protection.’ The Governor also made public, a decision taken to publicise all Cabinet decisions.

In his Speech from the Throne on Thursday, September 13, Governor Jaspert said: “Cabinet has decided to publicise Cabinet decisions in keeping with the Government’s commitment to promote more openness and transparency. As such, the Premier and I will shortly announce how the publicising of Cabinet decisions will be implemented.”

The Governor revealed that a Public Service Management Bill will be introduced to strengthen the Public Service and provide the legal framework, “for the overall management, organisational structure and administration of the Public Service.”

This, he said, will set the foundation for the revised public service code which will replace General Orders of 1982. “This will also include whistleblowing protection legislation which will provide an avenue for reporting maladministration,” the Governor stated.

Governor Jaspert went on to state that an Integrity and Public Life Act to provide for the establishment of the Integrity Commission for the purpose of establishing probity, integrity and accountability in public life, will also be introduced, “it will seek to preserve and promote the integrity of public officials and institutions.”

Additionally, he mentioned plans to introduce a Code of Conduct which will identify a set of standards that ministers are expected to follow in protecting the integrity of their public office.
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Capone
Will this be retroactive?
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Fair
We have to thank Hon. Fahie
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Ragga
1. new and amended legislation, including the introduction of ‘whistle blowing protection.’ 2. shortly announce how the publicising of Cabinet decisions will be implemented.” 3.Integrity Commission for the purpose of establishing probity, integrity and accountability in public life, will also be introduced, “ 4. Code of Conduct which will identify a set of standards that ministers are expected to follow in protecting the integrity of their public office. Where are the bloggers?
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Hunter
They gone mute! Imagine, this is an important step in the right direction and we are quiet. I am in full support of all these and we need to hold these our elected officials accountable for their actions. The Code of Conduct is overdue, and I look forward to perusing the document. Of course all these things we hope will be implemented and not just be in place for the sake of having it in place Let the peoples' business be known to the people.
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