The plaintiff, a former police officer, brought proceedings against three other police officers and the State of Queensland, claiming damages for the statutory tort of reprisal under s 42 of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010 (Qld). The alleged reprisal was said to have occurred because of a letter the plaintiff sent to the Crime and Misconduct Commission on about 22 February 2010. The plaintiff alleged the letter was a “public interest disclosure” under s 15 of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (repealed) and therefore under the Public Interest Disclosure Act.
Scott McCleod QC (with K A Mellifont QC) appeared on behalf of the defendants, instructed by Crown Law.
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