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Witness K’s lawyer Bernard Collaery addresses outside the Supreme Court. Australia’s laws have shown they don’t do much to protect whistleblowers acting in the public interest. Lukas Coch/AAP

From Richard Boyle and Witness K to media raids: it’s time whistleblowers had better protection

Australian laws make it inevitable for whistleblowers to be charged whenever national security might be involved, even when the information is in the public interest.
The committee says it was not until Guthrie’s now famous dossier about Milne’s alleged interference came out in the Fairfax press that the rest of the board woke up to what had been going on. Joel Carrett/AAP

ABC inquiry finds board knew of trouble between Milne and Guthrie, but did nothing

A Senate inquiry report has found that while the broadcaster's board was aware of the deteriorating relationship between the chair and managing director, it did not make any further inquiries.
The Labor-Green majority report said the Senate should consider censuring Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Dutton back in spotlight after split Senate report on au pair affair

The Greens will try to move a no confidence motion against the home affairs minister, but the numbers are not there for it to succeed - proving government members are united.
Professor Allan Fels is calling for the Senate to reopen its inquiry into compensation for underpaid 7-Eleven workers. Dan Peled/AAP

Can 7-Eleven be trusted to clean up its own mess?

7-Eleven’s decision to take charge of the compensation process for underpaid workers highlights the problems with voluntary commitments and underlines the need for increased legal accountability.
The bouquet held by Bolshy Divas member Jackie Softly represents the people with disability whose accounts of violence and abuse the Senate inquiry heard in Perth, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. AAP/Sarah Motherwell

We count what matters, and violence against people with disability matters

Accountability for the violence and abuse that people with disability experience begins with recording the offences. In fact, we have long ignored crimes against vulnerable members of our community.

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