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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Culture of silence: does Australia’s whistleblower regime need reform?

26 September 2016

When it comes to lifting the lid on corruption in the private sector, Australian legislation does little to protect whistleblowers.  Has the sage advice hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil, taken hold and created a culture of silence in Australia's corporate environment?

Foreign bribery investigations in Australia are conducted primarily by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) which has responsibility for the investigation of these offences under the Criminal Code (Cth). However, unlike many of its overseas counterparts, the Code offers no statutory protection for whistleblowers.


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