"The community has not been consulted on the Bill. The Acting Information Commissioner was provided with a draft of the amendments to the Right to Information Act 2009 . The Integrity Commissioner was consulted, and provided input into, the proposed amendments to the Integrity Act 2009."
The current disclosure log requirements do not oblige agencies to place the actual documents that have been accessed on the disclosure log. The amendments place new obligations on certain agencies, namely departments and Ministers, to publish on the disclosure log the applicant’s name and the actual documents that have been accessed through right to information applications, with appropriate deletions, as soon as practicable after the documents have been released to the applicant. .
The amendments allow for appropriate deletions to be made from the information to
be published including where it is prevented by law, may be defamatory or would
unreasonably invade an individual’s privacy. The amendments also require right to information applications to indicate whether access is sought for the benefit of, or use by the applicant or another entity. If access is sought for the benefit of, or use by an entity other than the applicant then the name
of the entity is also to appear on the disclosure log after the applicant has accessed the
documents. In addition departments and Ministers are , as soon as practicable after an application
has been made, required to include on the disclosure log details of the information
being sought and the date the application was made.
The Integrity Act 2009 provides the legislative framework for the regulation of theQueensland comment and commentary welcome.
lobbying industry in Queensland. Lobbyists are required to apply to be listed on the Lobbyists Register prior to undertaking lobbying activities. Government
representatives (currently including Ministers, Assistant Ministers, councillors, public sector officers and Ministerial staff members) are not permitted to allow lobbying activity except by registered lobbyists.
The Bill will extend the current operation of the Act to Opposition representatives, to ensure that the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and staff members of the office of the Leader of the Opposition are bound by the same standards in relation to lobbying activity, as the Government. This will enhance the accountability of current operations of the Opposition. To extend the application of the lobbying provisions to the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition and staff members of the office of the Leader of the Opposition, the Bill will insert a new definition of “Opposition representative” and amend the definition of “lobbying activity” to apply to efforts to influence Opposition decisionmaking.
In addition, to improve the current operation of the lobbying provisions of the Act, the Bill inserts a new definition of “third party client” of a lobbyist. This new definition makes it clear that, in order to conduct lobbying activity, a lobbyist must be delivering lobbying services for a client for a fee or other reward that is agreed before the services are provided.
The Bill also inserts a new provision to make it clear that the Lobbyists’ Code of
Conduct may include obligations for lobbyists to provide information about their
lobbying activities to the Integrity Commissioner....