Opinion

When the government prosecutes whistleblowers, it is sending a message

Ebony Bennett
By Ebony Bennett
Updated July 1 2021 - 4:02pm, first published July 10 2020 - 6:30pm
Something is seriously rotten when governments use the authority of the state to prosecute whistleblowers. Picture: Shutterstock

We are in the midst of a public health and economic crisis, and the federal government is regularly making momentous and life-altering decisions, including exerting the authority of the state to limit (sometimes with good reason) basic civil liberties. Just when our need for integrity and accountability is at its greatest, our system of checks and balances is at its weakest.

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Ebony Bennett

Ebony Bennett

Canberra Times columnist

Ebony Bennett is deputy director for The Australia Institute and a former Greens media advisor and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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