Dobbing on the tax evaders: whistleblowing protection coming soon

Dabner, Justin (2016) Dobbing on the tax evaders: whistleblowing protection coming soon. CCH Tax Week, 2016 (23). pp. 1-5.

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[Extract] "Dobbers" and "tell tales" have never been popular in Australia. Fight your own battles has traditionally been drummed into us as children. Individuality is fine, almost worshipped, but dobbing on others is un-Australian. This cultural phenomenon finds legislative recognition in the most extraordinary way in s 70 of the Crimes Act 1914. Any Commonwealth officer who discloses "any fact" that comes into their knowledge by virtue of their capacity faces two years in prison. Thus, we have recently seen raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on the homes of opposition politicians and staffers in relation to leaked documents identifying inadequacies in the NBN roll out. Yet, at the same time as we witness this affirmation of a culture of secrecy and suppression of informants, the government has signalled in the Federal Budget the introduction of whistleblowing legislation to protect tax informants.

Item ID: 46335
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
Keywords: whistleblowing, tax
ISSN: 1320-9426
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 00:04
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180125 Taxation Law @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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