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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Solomon and related developments

Dr Paul Williams in the Courier Mail urged the Queensland Government to act on the recommendations.

Keryn McKinnon in the West Australian can't detect any sign of interest from the Premier there in broad ranging reform of the kind advocated by David Solomon.

Meanwhile, and as a reminder that Queensland does not have a privacy law but some of Solomon's recommendations assume the Government will legislate, the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties raised privacy concerns regarding a proposed online database of all state school students.

The Courier Mail found it ironic, with all the attention on the possibility of greater transparency, that the Brisbane City Council rejected in the same week, an application for documents about rate increases in different parts of Brisbane.

And Fox Sports reports that the Government is stonewalling on a Freedom of Information application for a contract relevant to the location of a second AFL team in Queensland, and the charming remarks of a departmental media officer who may somehow be involved:
"It has been 68 working days since The Sunday Mail sent its request and there has still been no formal acknowledgement of the application.Since late April, there has been 17 calls made to Spence's department, with the last call on Wednesday prompting media officer Mark Symons to respond: "You'll get sweet f--k-all if you're going to go the heavy with me".

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