Adviser notes and briefings found in desk drawers in the premier's office reveal that John Brumby blocked the appointment of an FOI officer because he was advised "she has consistently interpreted requests and made decisions to our detriment". The notes are the second instalment of damaging material apparently overlooked and left behind in desks by former advisers to Mr Brumby. The first, revealed last week, was an adviser's black notebook that detailed dirt unit activities and referred to the emails of then shadow frontbencher David Davis.
Given Premier Baillieu' strong words about integrity, accountability and transparency while in opposition you would have hoped that a senior minister would have these responsibilities up there in lights in a title that would send a clear signal that things are to be different, allocated responsibilities that pulled the threads together, and with something clear and direct to say on the topic promptly on assuming office before the government disappeared for the summer. But no it was not to be.Three ministers, the Premier, Attorney General, and Minister McIntosh (also Minister responsible for the establishment of an anti-corruption commission) at least, appear to have parts of the puzzle. And no doubt will have something to say about the integrity agenda when things return to normality in February. But it hardly has a ring of urgency or reflect the priority that seemed so obvious from the opposition benches.