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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    New Right to Information Commissioners appointed

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, October 06, 2010

    New Right to Information Commissioners appointed

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick has announced the appointment of respected lawyers Jenny Mead and Clare Smith as part-time Right to Information Commissioners.

    Mr Dick said Ms Mead and Ms Smith would act as deputies to Information Commissioner Julie Kinross.

    "The roles of the independent Right to Information Commissioners are fundamental to the administration of Queensland's new right-to-information laws," Mr Dick said.

    “The government is committed to ensuring that Queenslanders have greater access to information and maintaining Queensland’s position as the most open and accountable government in Australia.

    “The commissioners’ duties will include providing guidance to public sector agencies, ministers and the public on the Right to Information Act, as well as monitoring, investigating and reviewing decisions of agencies and ministers.”

    Mr Dick said the appointments finalised the statutory appointments within the Office of the Information Commissioner under the government’s right-to-information reforms.

    “The reforms followed the introduction of the Right to Information Act and Information Privacy Act in 2009, which have together ushered in the most country’s most open regime for access to government information,” he said.

    Julie Kinross is Queensland Information Commissioner and Linda Matthews was recently appointed as Privacy Commissioner.

    Mr Dick said the appointments had taken effect from 4 October. Ms Mead and Ms Smith have been in job-sharing roles since 2001.

    Media contact: Office of the Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487