Public Interest Disclosure Amendment (Review) Bill 2022 - Second Reading - Whistleblowers
Not passed by a modest majority
No rebellions 52% attendance
Senator Shoebridge explained that:
One of the core recommendations of the Moss review was to expand the category of people to whom whistleblowers can go to seek professional assistance, to expand it unambiguously to the legal profession and appropriate legal advice and also to empower whistleblowers to make their disclosures appropriately and with the appropriate advice to comply with the PID Act [Public Interest Disclosure Act] and any other requirements. These amendments seek to expand the category of persons to whom whistleblowers can go to for professional assistance from not just lawyers, and in some cases government approved lawyers, to Australian legal practitioners or their relevant union representative.
As we know, many public servants who are members of the CPSU or another union go to their union to seek advice on how they can step through a really hard workplace issue. You can't think of a harder workplace issue in many instances than trying to work out how to do a PID Act disclosure properly. The Greens firmly believe that appropriately skilled union officials should be available to whistleblowers to help them step through the complexity of making a PID Act disclosure.
(2) Schedule 1, page 30 (before line 21), before item 51, insert:
50B Subsection 26(1) (table item 4, column 1)
Omit “Legal practitioner”, substitute “Professional assistance”.
50C Subsection 26(1) (cell at table item 4, column 2)
Repeal the cell, substitute:
(a) An Australian legal practitioner; or
(b) a union representative.
(3) Schedule 1, item 63, page 36 (line 9), omit “legal practitioner”, substitute “professional assistance”.
(6) Schedule 2, item 3, page 51 (line 2), omit “legal practitioner”, substitute “professional assistance”.
(7) Schedule 2, item 3, page 52 (line 31), omit “legal practitioner”, substitute “professional assistance”.
(8) Schedule 2, item 6, page 53 (line 23), omit “ legal practitioner ”, substitute “ professional assistance ”.
(9) Schedule 2, item 6, page 53 (after line 24), after the definition of legal practitioner disclosure in section 8, insert:
union has the same meaning as in the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011.
(10) Schedule 2, page 53 (after line 28), after item 8, insert:
8A Section 25
Omit: a disclosure to an Australian legal practitioner for purposes connected with the above matters.
Substitute: a disclosure to an Australian legal practitioner or union representative for purposes connected with the above matters.
(12) Schedule 2, page 54 (after line 21), after item 16, insert:
16A Section 67 (heading)
Omit “ legal practitioners ”, substitute “ professional assistance ”.
Nobody rebelled against their party.
|Australian Greens (100% turnout)||11 Yes – 0 No|
|Penny Allman-Payne Queensland||Yes|
|Dorinda Cox WA||Yes|
|Mehreen Faruqi NSW||Yes|
|Sarah Hanson-Young SA||Yes|
|Nick McKim Tasmania||Yes|
|Barbara Pocock SA||Yes|
|Janet Rice Victoria||Yes|
|David Shoebridge NSW||Yes|
|Jordon Steele-John WA||Yes|
|Larissa Waters Queensland||Yes|
|Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania||Yes|
|Australian Labor Party (68% turnout)||0 Yes – 17 No|
|Tim Ayres NSW||No|
|Catryna Bilyk Tasmania||No|
|Carol Brown Tasmania||No|
|Anthony Chisholm Queensland||No|
|Don Farrell SA||No|
|Karen Grogan SA||No|
|Jenny McAllister NSW||No|
|Malarndirri McCarthy NT||No|
|Fatima Payman WA||No|
|Helen Polley Tasmania||No|
|Louise Pratt WA||No|
|Tony Sheldon NSW||No|
|Marielle Smith SA||No|
|Glenn Sterle WA||No|
|Anne Urquhart Tasmania||No|
|Jess Walsh Victoria||No|
|Murray Watt Queensland||No|
|Raff Ciccone Victoria||Absent|
|Patrick Dodson WA||Absent|
|Katy Gallagher ACT||Absent|
|Nita Green Queensland||Absent|
|Deborah O'Neill NSW||Absent|
|Jana Stewart Victoria||Absent|
|Linda White Victoria||Absent|
|Penny Wong SA||Absent|
|Jacinta Nampijinpa Price NT Country Liberal Party||Absent|
|Andrew McLachlan SA Deputy President||Absent|
|David Pocock ACT Independent||No|
|Lidia Thorpe Victoria Independent||Absent|
|Jacqui Lambie Network (0% turnout)||Absent|
|Jacqui Lambie Tasmania||Absent|
|Tammy Tyrrell Tasmania||Absent|
|Liberal National Party (0% turnout)||Absent|
|Matthew Canavan Queensland||Absent|
|James McGrath Queensland||Absent|
|Liberal Party (17% turnout)||0 Yes – 4 No|
|Michaelia Cash WA||No|
|Jonathon Duniam Tasmania||No|
|Sarah Henderson Victoria||No|
|Anne Ruston SA||No|
|Alex Antic SA||Absent|
|Wendy Askew Tasmania||Absent|
|Simon Birmingham SA||Absent|
|Andrew Bragg NSW||Absent|
|Slade Brockman WA||Absent|
|Claire Chandler Tasmania||Absent|
|Richard Colbeck Tasmania||Absent|
|David Fawcett SA||Absent|
|Hollie Hughes NSW||Absent|
|Jane Hume Victoria||Absent|
|Maria Kovacic NSW||Absent|
|Kerrynne Liddle SA||Absent|
|Matt O'Sullivan WA||Absent|
|James Paterson Victoria||Absent|
|Marise Payne NSW||Absent|
|Gerard Rennick Queensland||Absent|
|Linda Reynolds WA||Absent|
|Paul Scarr Queensland||Absent|
|Dean Smith WA||Absent|
|David Van Victoria||Absent|
|National Party (25% turnout)||0 Yes – 1 No|
|Ross Cadell NSW||No|
|Perin Davey NSW||Absent|
|Susan McDonald Queensland||Absent|
|Bridget McKenzie Victoria||Absent|
|Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (0% turnout)||Absent|
|Pauline Hanson Queensland||Absent|
|Malcolm Roberts Queensland||Absent|
|Sue Lines WA President||Absent|
|Ralph Babet Victoria United Australia Party||Absent|
|Totals (45% turnout)||11 Yes – 23 No|
Turnout is the percentage of members eligible to vote that did vote.