This is a hitchhiker’s guide to the state of the world based on case studies like that of whistleblower Jay Berger, who blew the whistle on abuse of corporate power in a large retail chain, and how we got into such a mess, why we should bother and what you and I can do about it without giving up all our worldly goods, joining a commune OR losing our sense of humour.
Authors: Mike Hanley, independent writer & journalist from Sydney, and Adrian Monck, London-based editor of ITN’s critically-acclaimed Five News.
Published 2004 by Allen & Unwin, Sydney
ISBN 1 74114 340 3
HIH: The Inside Story of Australia’s Biggest Corporate Collapse
The inside story of whistleblower Jeff Simpson: This is about his attempts to bring the facts behind the now-notorious financial debacle of HIH to the attention of APRA and at least one major auditing body, right through to the findings later made by Royal Commissioner Owen, make this required reading for corporate whistleblowers everywhere.
Author: Mark Westfield
Published by John Wiley & Sons Australia (2003)
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Raw Meaty Bones
This book lifts the lid on vested interests in the pet food industry that would keep you, the consumer and pet owner, ignorant of the damaging effects of a diet of processed pet food on your pet.
Author: Tom Lonsdale, veterinarian, whistleblower and activist.
Published 2001 by Rivetco, Sydney
ISBN 0 646 39624 2
Available through http://www.rawmeatybones.com.
Watching The Detectives
This is the story of a gutsy young woman, police officer and whistleblower, who got to know the ugly face of Aussie mateship and the meaning of loyalty to family, friends and to oneself.
Author: Deborah Locke, former NSW police officer, who was instrumental in bringing about the NSW Wood Royal Commission of Inquiry into police corruption in the early nineties.
Published 2003 by Griffin Press, Adelaide, Australia.
ISBN 0 7333 1242 X
Available through http://www.deborahlocke.com.au/.
This contains stories about real people with the courage to put the truth first, from BHP and Westpac to the Civil Aviation Authority, Foundation 41 and research fraud, and others.
Author: Quentin Dempster, journalist and presenter with ABC TV, Sydney, Australia.
Published 1997 by ABC Books, Sydney.
Whistleblower Cases of National Significance
This book contains five case studies formally adopted by WBA as the basis for the argument for the establishment of a stand-alone whistleblower-protection authority or public-interest disclosure agency (PIDA). Each of the cases listed was the subject of formal investigations by the authorities.
John Millard, ABC TV reporter and presenter: This is the story of how he blew the whistle on ABC TV, to "Keep Aunty Honest". Refer to the June 2005 issue of The Whistle at http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/dissent/.
Dr Clara He, Dr Juchuan Chen & Hong Ha: This is the story of an immunologist, a veterinary surgeon and a medical researcher who exposed fraudulent research on kidney transplants at the UNSW. The story first came to public attention on the ABC Radio National's The Science Show, hosted by Dr Norman Swan. It’s a story about inquiry upon inquiry, all eventually culminating in an independent external inquiry, headed up by the former High Court judge Gerard Brennan in August 2003, which found that Professor Bruce Hall had breached the university's code of conduct and had published material "with a deliberate intent to deceive or in reckless disregard for the truth". The story is well documented; see (e.g.) the following: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/helthrpt/stories/s1036825.htm or http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2003/transcripts/s960912.htm
Toni Hoffman: This is about a singular nurse, who for two years tried to raise her concerns with the Bundaberg Base Hospital in Queensland about the lethal activities of a surgeon called Jayant Patel, a man later sentenced in 2010 to seven years' gaol for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm. See, for example, the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toni_Hoffman and http://www.newmatilda.com/2005/06/29/whistleblower-bundaberg-base-hospital or http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2005/s1400735.htm for Toni’s own story.
Law & Disorder
This is a three-part series on SBS TV from Nov-Dec 2009 on the following:
This series is available on DVD from JB Hifi and online at http://www.sbs.com.au/schedule/SBSONE/2009-11-25/SBS%20Sydney/
Lotte Fog: This is the account of how she blew the whistle on the underdosing of cancer patients at the radiotherapy department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, in South Australia. Her story first appeared under the pseudonym of Geraldine Macdonald in The Whistle: http://www.bmartin.cc/dissent/ Lotte later revealed on Netherlands Radio her identity and how her working life became intolerable in 2009. Refer to http://www.rnw.nl/english/radioshow/
The Hospital confirmed a significant number of patients were under-dosed. See http://www.publications.health.sa.gov.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?filename.