The big news to kick off the week has been the release of hundreds of classified US documents acquired by whistleblower website WikiLeaks. This time it hits a little closer to home for Australians because some 930 of the WikiLeaks documents were written by US officials in Australia according to the ABC news. Itís a good prompt to explore whistleblowing in Australia and what can be found in Trove.
One of the first things I came across was a series of transcripts for a documentaries that feature Australian whistleblowers Ė such as the story of the hospital staff member who exposed Dr. Jayant Patel (dubbed by the media as 'Dr Death'), and an insiderís claims that a greenhouse mafia exists in Australia, hijacking greenhouse policy. Thereís also an interesting article which outlines evidence of a lack of significant support for whistleblowing in Australia. And if you want to check out hot button issues thereís an archived website for an interest group called Whistleblowers Australia Inc.
All in all thereís quite a wide assortment of resources which can help put a topical issue into a local context. Why not see what you can find in Trove for Whistleblowing?
I must admit to having mixed feelings about this issue, in that my "inner archivist" feels that this sort of information is (perhaps by accident!) *exactly* the
kind of thing that libraries ought to capture and preserve. Also, the scandals of a time often make the best historic reading many years later, when the emotions
of the moment have settled.
On the other hand, I can fully see that this may not be a palatable political hot potato the NLA would like to be seen getting involved in.
Not sure if this was the kind of response sschinde was angling for?