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he Commonwealth has spent more than $7.6 million prosecuting whistleblowers including Bernard CollaeryDavid McBride and Richard Boyle, the ABC reports, a figure made even more dismal by the fact that most of that dosh resulted in abandoned prosecutions. The Attorney-General’s Department revealed the figure after being questioned by NSW Greens Senator David Shoebridge who called it a “lavish use of taxpayer funds”. Incredibly, the Collaery and Witness K case alone cost the Commonwealth $5,510,829. To jog your memory — former ACT attorney-general Collaery allegedly helped an ex-spy reveal info about a secret Timor-Leste mission, McBride allegedly leaked defence info to the ABC, and Boyle allegedly revealed unethical debt recovery at the ATO. In July last year, new A-G Mark Dreyfus dropped Collaery’s prosecution, as Guardian Australia reported, but not the other two….Cont

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