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‘Let the sunshine in’: Damning report urges insight into Qld cabinet calls

Matt Dennien reports in the Brisbane Times (28.6.22) on the release of the final report from Peter Coaldrake’s review of culture and accountability in Queensland’s public sector.

‘A review into the Queensland public sector has called for the third-term Palaszczuk government to shed searing light on its decision-making processes from the top down, amid a “trivialising” of parliamentary committees and a lack of the independence needed by integrity bodies.

‘Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, a former vice-chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology, also found a public service kneecapped by an overreliance on contractors and consultants, with an internal culture “too tolerant” of bullying and dominated by short-term political thinking.

‘Titled Let The Sunshine In, Coaldrake’s final report stems from 327 submissions and almost 100 meetings, with help from a small team of seven others. It makes 14 recommendations, accepted in full by the government, including calls for unparallelled cabinet transparency and a central “clearing house” for complaints.

‘… In a statement, Palaszczuk welcomed the review and said the government would accept all of its recommendations, which would make Queensland the “most transparent and accountable government in Australia” once implemented.’

Queensland to release cabinet documents after just 30 days following controversial Coaldrake report

Alex Brewster reports for the ABC (30.6.22) on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s commitment to follow the Coaldrake review’s recommendation on proactive release of state Cabinet documents.

‘Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says her government will release cabinet papers after 30 days instead of 30 years as she addresses her government’s response to the Coaldrake report into accountability in the public service.

‘Professor Peter Coaldrake released his final report titled Let The Sunshine In on Tuesday, which made 14 recommendations designed to strengthen accountability and integrity mechanisms in the Queensland government.

‘Ms Palaszczuk said the landmark report on accountability in the public service was “groundbreaking and revolutionary” and will make Queensland a leader in integrity.

‘The recommendations included proactive release of cabinet documents, enhancement of integrity bodies, protection for whistleblowers, and strengthening of lobbying regulation.

‘Ms Palaszczuk said she will accept all the findings and labelled the release of Cabinet documents as the most fundamental recommendation.’

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