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The Whistleblower’s Handbook

This is a manual for people who speak out in the public interest. It describes how to assess options, prepare for action, use official channels, build support and survive the experience.

Author: Brian Martin, office-bearer in Whistleblowers Australia and academic at the University of Wollongong, Australia 

Published 1999 by Jon Carpenter, UK, and Envirobook, Sydney (out of print, but available free online).

Available at http://www.bmartin.cc/pubs/99wh.html


Deadly Disclosures

This is a provocative analysis of public ethics in Australia that paints an alarming picture in which managers and employees alike turn a blind eye to wrongdoing and victimize the minority that dares to rock the boat.

Author: William de Maria, whistleblower and academic at the Centre for Public Administration at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Published 1999 by Wakefield Press, South Australia.  ISBN 1 86254 457 3.

Refer for this and other publications to http://www.business.uq.edu.au/display/teach/William+DeMaria


Suppression Stories

This book covers experiences and insights from years of studying and opposing suppression of dissent.

Author: Brian Martin, office bearer in Whistleblowers Australia and academic at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Published 1997 by Fund for Intellectual Dissent, Wollongong, ISBN 0 646 30349 X.

Available at http://www.bmartin.cc/dissent/documents/ss/


The Trial

This is a famous allegory of a human predicament that hovers on the rim of a nightmare at the hands of a bureaucracy gone mad, which (with the author’s other publication “The Castle”) led to the coining of the word 'Kafka-esque'.  'The Trial' captures the often absurd, even terrifying modern-day equivalent at the hands of a human resources department.  This is recommended reading for the whistleblower and others struggling to understand why people prefer to act badly when they have the opportunity.

Author: Franz Kafka (1883-1924), a Czech citizen, lawyer and writer.

Published in 1976, part of the complete and unabridged version of his works by Jarrold & Sons, UK.

ISBN 0 7064 0571 4

Available at all good libraries and at http://www.amazon.com/ and elsewhere.

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