Thanks to reader Tara for a heads up on RIOT ACT's comments about developments in the ACT where scores on doors is being discussed amid doubts raised in an Auditor General's report about the ACT government's capacity to manage a much less ambitious scheme.
The (Queensland) Sunday Mail revealed a few weeks back under a heading that didn't quite match what followed (Black-list eateries named and shamed), that some instances of "food to die for" don't make it into the public domain because only convictions are required to be published. The SM reports the LNP Government will now shut down the register and consider the introduction of a mandatory "scores on doors" rating scheme. Voluntary schemes are being run in Brisbane and Logan.
An analysis of council reports obtained under Right to Information laws show eateries prosecuted and fined $40,000 or more over breaches last year were among those not mentioned on the Queensland Health public register, while others fined as little as $2000 over lesser offences are included. Those to escape the public register include a sushi restaurant fined $45,000 after inspectors found a "serious risk to public health". A cafe hit with court fines after hundreds of cockroaches were found on site by inspectors is another to escape naming and shaming. The business owners all got away without having convictions recorded, meaning Queensland Health will not list their names on the register. Meanwhile, a Red Rooster restaurant fined $50,000 for breaches last year did have a conviction recorded but still escaped the list.