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Attorney General Hon. Baba Aziz has been asked to move forward with efforts to have a Whistleblower Bill for the Territory. This Whistleblower legislation was promised by Premier and Minister for Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie multiple times before and after the February general elections, and in an update, the Premier mentioned that the legislation will be prepared.
Back in January, Hon. Fahie promised that once elected, his Government was going to move to have such a legislation in place. He noted at that time that the Whistleblower legislation is expected to protect public servants who report wrongdoing in Government.
Fast forward to this month, the Premier announced that Government is still keen on seeing a Whistleblower Bill and announced during the continuation of the House of Assembly sitting on September 2 that the Bill would be drafted.
Hon. Fahie told the House of Assembly, “Just this morning I have written to the Attorney General’s Chambers asking for the Whistle Blowing legislation, stating that it is needed now more than ever. The legislation must be Territory-wide as it is needed to guard employees against the elected members of Government, the Governor, the public service, the private sector.”
Former Governor of the Territory, John Duncan on February 13, 2017 had also called for the implementation of Whistleblower legislation in the Territory.
A number of countries around the world have Whistleblower legislation. The most popular is the United States of America’s federal law--the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. This legislation protects US federal whistleblowers who work for the Government and report the possible existence of an activity constituting a violation of law, rules, or regulations, or mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.