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Friday, June 01, 2007

FOI wheelie bin

Former Queensland minister Merri Rose (successively Emergency Services, Tourism and Racing and Fair Trading minister between 1998-2004), was convicted of "demanding a benefit with threats" yesterday. She was sentenced to 18 months jail (3 months minimum) for attempting to blackmail the Premier into giving her a government job after she lost her ministry.

The Courier Mail says that an earlier attempt to obtain Freedom of Information access to information about another incident involving the misuse of her official car, had been thwarted after the Premier "wheeled all documentation about Rose's car use into Cabinet, rendering them undiscoverable". As we commented recently, Queensland is almost on its own in having an FOI Cabinet exemption that covers this sort of practice.

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