Secretary for Transport Peter Mersi has today welcomed the report of the State Services Commission investigation into the protection of whistle-blowers within the Ministry of Transport.

The independent investigator, Sandi Beatie QSO, has found that four former staff members of the Ministry of Transport were disadvantaged by the actions of convicted fraudster Joanne Harrison in events which took place in 2015.

"I welcome Ms Beatie's report," Mr Mersi says.

"These former staff members did the right thing and they should never have been disadvantaged because of that.

"I apologise to these people for what happened.

"I totally support the process of redress the State Services Commissioner has followed with the three former members of the Ministry's finance team who were made redundant."

Ms Beatie has referred three cases to the Secretary for Transport to consider and work through.

"I am working with these people to resolve the concerns Ms Beatie has identified," Mr Mersi says.

"I am committed to making sure that Ministry of Transport staff can raise concerns safely so they can be looked into and addressed.

"The Ministry's guidance on protected disclosures is reviewed each year. I will be ensuring our systems and processes for escalating issues of concern are fully compliant with the standards released by the SSC today," My Mersi says.

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