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Report Into the Culture of the QLD Government Handed Down

by | Wed, Jun 29 2022

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she accepts all 14 recommendations made in the Coaldrake report into the culture and accountability of the state government.

The Let the Sunshine In review – headed by Professor Peter Coaldrake – has revealed several issues, including a tolerance of bullying and short-term political thinking.

The report states “culture” is key to a successful organisation, starting at the top with the Premier and her Ministers.

Among the findings, Peter Coaldrake highlights the “fear” within departments of putting advice in writing which may be scooped up later in a Right to Information request.

All up, 14 recommendations have been made – including the Auditor-General to audit the lobbying register; ministerial diaries and public records to ensure they are being complied with; and the establishment of a “clearing house” for complaints. .

The State Opposition is continuing to push for a royal commission into the culture of the Queensland Government.

LNP Leader David Crisafulli says it’s a scathing report.

“Nothing short of a royal commission is going to get to the bottom and hold people accountable,” said Mr Crisafulli.

“Government in Queensland is in crisis – there is an integrity inferno burning through the state government, and we will keep pushing for a royal commission to clean it up.”

The independent review was initiated following several damaging allegations from past and current public servants.

 

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