The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,004 Australians about their views on whistleblowers and government secrecy. The survey was developed in collaboration with the Human Rights Law Centre.
The results show:
- Seven in 10 Australians (71%) agree that whistleblower protections for public servants should be strengthened, including 34% who strongly agree.
- Three in four (75%) Australians say that whistleblowers make Australia a better place.
- Three in five (61%) people say that whistleblowing strengthens national security and our system of government.
- Two in five (43%) people say that too many whistleblowers are being prosecuted, with one in five (18%) saying that the number of prosecutions is about right, and one in 10 (10%) saying not enough are being prosecuted.