Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Brenda Strong

Newman questions need of multiple complaint agencies

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has asked key players in the state's industry and government to weigh up the need for multiple complaint agencies in the state.

The LNP Government leader has also reiterated a pledge to make all government data available publicly - subject to key conditions.

Speaking to a crowd, including Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie and Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee chair Liz Cunningham at the Open Government Policy forum on Tuesday, Mr Newman spoke of the need to reflect on integrity institutions in a post-Fitzgerald Inquiry era.

"I believe it's important we come together because after 20 years since the Fitzgerald reforms it's timely to properly reflect on the journey since, what has been going on and where we need to go in the future," he said.

Mr Newman said many of the integrity institutions in place today were a result of the inquiry - which looked into police corruption - recommendations.

He also rallied off the various complaint bodies - including the Crime and Misconduct Commission, Commission for Children and Young People, Ombudsman - people go to if they have a "beef" with government.

"I think my point is this - there are quite a few ways you can go," Mr Newman said.

"I think if we were honest about this, if we grabbed the average man or woman in the street they would be confused to say the least about who they should talk to."

The public deserved a complaint system they understood and knew how to use, Mr Newman added.

The forum will discuss potential changes to the integrity framework, complaints system and government transparency.

It follows the release of a discussion paper on potential right to information reforms and a survey on open data.



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