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Whistleblowing: a practical guide

This is a manual for people who speak out in the public interest. It describes how to assess options, prepare for action, use official channels, build support and survive the experience.

Author: Brian Martin, office-bearer in Whistleblowers Australia and academic at the University of Wollongong, Australia 

Published 2013 by Irene Publishing

Available at http://www.bmartin.cc/pubs/13wb.html


Deadly Disclosures

This is a provocative analysis of public ethics in Australia that paints an alarming picture in which managers and employees alike turn a blind eye to wrongdoing and victimize the minority that dares to rock the boat.

Author: William de Maria, whistleblower and academic at the Centre for Public Administration at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Published 1999 by Wakefield Press, South Australia.  ISBN 1 86254 457 3.

Refer for this and other publications to http://www.business.uq.edu.au/display/teach/William+DeMaria


Suppression Stories

This book covers experiences and insights from years of studying and opposing suppression of dissent.

Author: Brian Martin, office bearer in Whistleblowers Australia and academic at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Published 1997 by Fund for Intellectual Dissent, Wollongong, ISBN 0 646 30349 X.

Available at http://www.bmartin.cc/dissent/documents/ss/


The Trial

This is a famous allegory of a human predicament that hovers on the rim of a nightmare at the hands of a bureaucracy gone mad, which (with the author’s other publication “The Castle”) led to the coining of the word 'Kafka-esque'.  'The Trial' captures the often absurd, even terrifying modern-day equivalent at the hands of a human resources department.  This is recommended reading for the whistleblower and others struggling to understand why people prefer to act badly when they have the opportunity.

Author: Franz Kafka (1883-1924), a Czech citizen, lawyer and writer.

Published in 1976, part of the complete and unabridged version of his works by Jarrold & Sons, UK.

ISBN 0 7064 0571 4

Available at all good libraries and at http://www.amazon.com/ and elsewhere.