ANZSoG speaks out on trust and transparency in government

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Professor Ken Smith, Chief Executive and Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) will deliver the Solomon Lecture on 24 September 2018.
 
Professor Smith said, “Globally there is an unprecedented diminution of trust in our core democratic institutions. Australia and Queensland are not immune. Liberal democracies are beset by, at best, growing illiberalism and at worst outright authoritarianism.”
 
“The lecture will explore how open, transparent government is threatened from a range of ideological extremes. Those who constantly question our liberal democracy and its values, including fundamental human rights and the rule of law, neither value good government nor vital elements of it, such as Right to Information legislation.”
 
“Important reforms like this ensure public institutions are open, accountable and deliver institutional integrity, as well as uphold valid community expectations of the standards by which all public officers need to be judged,” Professor Smith said.
 
The lecture forms an important part of Right to Information Day activities and this year’s theme is ‘Trust and Transparency’.
 
Professor Smith said, “Now, more than at other times over the last few decades, it is important to not only reflect upon but embolden important reforms championed by Dr Solomon AM in post-Fitzgerald Queensland. Dr Solomon’s ongoing legacy will be the focus of the lecture, reminding us of the obligation to ensure our public institutions are clear about the need, at all times, to serve the public interest, rather than narrower sectional interests.”
 
The Solomon Lecture is named in honour of Dr David Solomon AM, the Chair of the Independent Freedom of Information Review Panel appointed by the Queensland State Government to review Queensland's Freedom of Information laws in 2007.

The Solomon Lecture is free to attend:
Monday, 24 September 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:30 am (AEST)
Level 41, 1 William Street
Brisbane City, QLD 4101
Australia
Register to attend:  https://solomonlecture.eventbrite.com.au
The lecture will also be livestreamed – access it via https://www.oic.qld.gov.au/rtiday2018
 

 
Office of the Information Commissioner Queensland :
PO Box 10143, Brisbane
07 3405 1111
1800 642 753
Office of the Information Commissioner Queensland
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