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Notice given 17 May 2007

3203  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister representing Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service—

(1) Under what legislation, regulations or codes are ‘public interest disclosure’ and/or whistleblower and like claims processed.

(2) What criteria are used in the Australian Public Service generally to determine the validity of claims under ‘public interest disclosure’ situations, that is, by whistleblowers or people making whistleblower-like claims or allegations.

(3) Does the criterion for assessing the validity of a whistleblower or a whistleblower type claim include any psychiatric or psychological assessment; if so, what is the legislative basis for such an assessment, including specific clauses.