New transparency laws for ministerial staff in Queensland

The Queensland Government has vowed to strengthen transparency and accountability measures in the state’s political system. Premier Anna Bligh introduced in Parliament today the second tranche of Integrity Reform Bills. “We want Queenslanders to have confidence in our political process going forward,” Ms Bligh said in a statement. “This is about building a stronger, modern […]

Greater protection for whistleblowers

By Angela Dorizas Public servants who blow the whistle on maladministration will be protected from prosecution under a proposed Federal Government scheme. Cabinet Secretary, Senator Joe Ludwig, last night unveiled Australia's first federal law on whistleblower protection. “The Rudd Government is progressing its election commitment to ensure appropriate processes are put in place, and protections […]

‘Australian first’ for government integrity

By Staff Writer Queensland will be home to Australia’s first full-time integrity commissioner under new laws coming into effect from January 2010. Premier Anna Bligh has announced that Queensland’s Integrity Commissioner, Dr David Solomon, will have an expanded role under the new changes. “The Integrity Commissioner will have a range of new responsibilities which include […]

‘World-first’ health website promotes open government

By Staff Writer With the launch of a ‘world-first’ government website on public hospital activity, West Australians can now directly access information on bed availability and emergency department services. WA Minister for Health Dr Kim Hames said the Department of Health hospital activity website promoted government accountability and transparency. “The release of weekly hospital bed data […]


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