In the course of any single day government ministers and agencies are making decisions about all of us and those decisions can fundamentally influence how we go about our day to day lives. In an open and democratic society such as Australia, transparency in how decisions are made is important.
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 is the vehicle that allows every Australian to seek information held by government to see how decisions are being made about them.
There is immense value in accessing government held information for the whole community as it can be maximised when information is shared, reused and built upon.
So this 28 September we encourage all Australians to explore their Right to Know and reflect on the importance of government held data and its role as a national resource. Timothy Pilgrim PSM
8:30am to 10:30am
Thursday, 28 September
State Library of Queensland
Brisbane City, QLD 4101
The Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland is holding the annual Solomon Lecture for Right to Know Day on 28 September 2017. Mr Kerry O’Brien, one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists, will deliver this year’s lecture and draw on the 30th anniversary of the Fitzgerald Inquiry in Queensland as an opportunity to revisit some of the lessons learnt over the past three decades around open government, including the media’s role.
Following the Lecture will be a panel discussion featuring Channel 7’s Freedom of Information Editor, Alison Sandy, Queensland University of Technology Vice Chancellor Peter Coaldrake AO and Dr David Solomon AM. Journalist Madonna King will lead the panel discussion. Live stream: www.ustream.tv/channel/the-edge-external-events