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Monday, December 05, 2011

Annual report lost in transmission-two years in a row.

Last year the Attorney General tabled his annual report on the operation of the Queensland Freedom of Information Act for the year ending 30 June 2009 on 23 August 2010 (no, not a misprint). You wouldn't think Premier Anna Bligh, responsible for the replacement Right to Information Act, could do worse. Think again. She tabled her annual report on the RTI act and Information Privacy Act for the year ending 30 June 2010-the first year of operation for both-on 2 December 2011. There is no indication of when the Premier signed off on the report.
The report is here (pdf) through a link on the Tabled Papers Register (6125) and will no doubt appear in due course on the Premier's department and Information Commissioner's websites. Nothing will change the fact it will still be a snapshot of the picture 18 months ago, and largely of historical interest. Pity because the report contains a lot of information particularly about use of the act and agency initiatives on the disclosure front that go beyond mandatory requirements.

This practice of release 14-18 months after the event must be a great morale booster for those in agencies who put together the statistical reports that form the basis for the annual report!

Well spotted by a Queensland reader-thanks.

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