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In New Zealand, an employee who discloses serious wrongdoing within
an organisation is protected from civil and criminal liability and
personal grievance procedures as well as maintaining their confidential
identity as long as their disclosure is founded upon reasonable grounds
that such a disclosure has been committed.
Whistleblowers have not, in this opinion, enjoyed certainty of
employment and access to promotion if they choose to remain within their
respective organisations or career paths, even if their disclosure is
found to be substantiated. If I am correct in this presumption it is not
surprising that a whistleblower is a rare bird.
Your article on Dr Chandra illustrates him as a wealthy man with a
patented multivitamin mixture and 200 publications still to his name.
Your subscribers would be equally as interested to know whether Marilyn
Harvey’s life has similarly retained its rewards.
No competing interests
20 February 2006
Michael H Austen
Accident Compensation Corporation, Dunedin, New Zealand, 9001