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Sunday, September 10, 2006

No torchlight on Sunshine State

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, after a campaign that even political opponents called brilliant, is back for a fourth term in office, with hardly a loss of seats in sight.

Beattie's Government has been no fan of FOI, and perhaps not surprisingly his campaign seems to have made no mention of plans for change or reform in this area. The comprehensive Team Beattie website includes a long list of new plans and commitments but typing in "Freedom of Information" or "accountability" on the search engine produces nil results.

The Opposition and the Greens both included FOI reform in their platforms but with the majority the Government enjoys in Parliament their ideas won't get far in the next term.

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