In this sports betting company, the winners are called problem customers

Original article by Steve Cannane, Kyle Taylor
abc.net au – Page: Online : 6-Dec-19

Former employees of UK-based wagering giant Bet365 have revealed the strategies it uses to protect its profit margins. The whistleblowers say Bet365 uses complex algorithms to identify customers who have a high win rate and limit the size of the bets that they can place via its platform. The algorithms are also used to target punters who lose frequently, in order to increase their betting limits. In-play betting is one of Bet365’s biggest sources of revenue globally, although it is restricted to telephone betting in Australia. An internal document shows that Bet365 is concerned that telephone-based in-play betting is easier for customers to exploit than online betting.

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BET365 GROUP LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Trust media on national security: Ita

Original article by Sean Parnell
The Australian – Page: 5 : 5-Nov-19

ABC chair Ita Buttrose has urged Australians to support the media industry’s ‘Your Right to Know’ campaign. She has also stressed that the media can be trusted with regard to national security. Buttrose has called for legislative action to protect whistleblowers and public interest journalism, as well as an overhaul of Freedom of Information laws.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, COMMITTEE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS

ABC raid could scare off sources

Original article by Hannah Wootton
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 30-Oct-19

The Federal Court has adjourned its hearing into the ABC’s legal challenge to the validity of a police raid on its Sydney headquarters in June. Matt Collins, SC, who is representing the public broadcaster, has told the court that whistleblowers will be reluctant to contact journalists if the Australian Federal Police’s search warrant is not overturned. Amongst other things, the ABC’s case is based on the implied freedom of political communication in the Constitution.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

Let whistleblowers speak to avoid a corrupt society

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 2 : 24-Oct-19

Commonwealth Bank of Australia whistleblower Jeff Morris has criticised the federal government’s handling of the issue of protection for whistleblowers and journalists. He has questioned the government’s "ethics and intent" with regard to whistleblowers, warning that its attempts to shut down dissent on the issue will allow corruption and wrongdoing to thrive. Morris exposed the misconduct within CBA’s financial planning division which resulted in customers receiving compensation.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION

Whistleblower at Westpac calls out risks

Original article by James Eyers, John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 22-Oct-18

An unnamed risk manager at Westpac has claimed that he was bullied and ignored after he voiced concerns about deficiencies in regard to a technology project. He has reported the matter to WorkSafe New South Wales and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. The risk manager says his performance reviews appeared to have suffered as a result of his raising concerns about the technology project, and that his treatment was evidence of a poor risk culture at Westpac.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, WORKSAFE NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB

KPMG review into bungled census ‘compromised’, says whistleblower

Original article by David Marin-Guzman, Edmund Tadros
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 29-Jun-18

Harmers Workplace Lawyers is taking legal action against KPMG and three of its senior executives on behalf of former associate director James Eldridge. KPMG has been accused of taking adverse action against Eldridge; he was dismissed as a result of complaints he made about KPMG’s review of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ IT systems following the flawed 2016 census. Eldridge is said to have told KPMG that he felt that the review was not accurate or independent. KPMG has denied his allegations, and has stated that his dismissal was for "appropriate reasons".

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KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, HARMERS WORKPLACE LAWYERS, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

KPMG chair: chiefs should admit to errors

Original article by Damon Kitney
The Australian – Page: 13 : 3-Jan-18

New KPMG chairwoman Alison Kitchen has urged corporate Australia to be more proactive when it comes to condemning bad behaviour within its ranks. Kitchen says companies should not wait for whistleblowers to disclose their problems, and that the community is tired of businesses not being prepared to own up to their mistakes. She says that if companies were willing to admit they had problems and had taken steps to fix them, that this might help to restore a level of community trust in the business sector.

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KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, CALTEX AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX CTX, DOMINO’S PIZZA ENTERPRISES LIMITED – ASX DMP, RETAIL FOOD GROUP LIMITED – ASX RFG, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION

Leightons fraud inspires whistleblowing app

Original article by Paul Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 24 : 1-Sep-15

Whistleblowing is as simple as filling in an online questionnaire with Fraudsec, the idea of a technology start-up founded by Sylvain Mansotte, the key whistleblower in a fraud case at Leighton Contractors in 2013. His system, which allows a whistleblower to anonymously create a report and attach files, is being trialled by several major organisations. The New South Wales Department of Education has also made inquiries about modifying it to combat bullying in schools.

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FRAUDSEC, LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS PTY LTD, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES, AMAZON WEB SERVICES LLC