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Whistleblowing Women

Australian women who blow the whistle on corruption in their workplaces.

Kym Taylor : Whistleblowing Woman Assistant Principal of Coober Pedy Area School, South Australian Education Department.

Sue Burtenshaw, former head of Coober Pedy Area School, was sacked following an inquiry into her tough stance on students and treatment of parents.

Kym Taylor, assistant principal of Coober Pedy Area School, spoke out in The Advertiser in August 2010 about Ms Burtenshaw's sacking, saying the school was in "chaos" under interim principals.

Mr Jay Weatherill confirmed he had received a letter from Ms Taylor "some time ago" regarding an increase in truancy and suspensions at the school but he was advised that the numbers were "inaccurate".

According to the letter sent by Ms Taylor, suspensions had almost tripled and student absenteeism had doubled under the new leadership of the school.

Ms Taylor was escorted from the school on 19 August 2010 and placed on paid leave.

The South Australian Education Department is investigating misconduct allegations by the school governing council.

"I was already concerned that actions by the assistant principal in making inaccurate public comments about the behaviour of students at the school had undermined the efforts of the school community to move forward in the best interests of students," Education Department chief executive Chris Robinson said.

Opposition education spokesman David Pisoni is calling on the Education Department to "release to the public any reports relating to the incidences" so that a balanced decision could be made.

Coober Pedy school chief thrown out, Lucy Hood, The Advertiser, 20 August 2010 :