David Solomon

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Nepotism, patronage and the public trust

Introduction: In September 2013, the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) published a report of an investigation it had conducted into alleged misconduct at the University of Queensland. The misconduct concerned a decision in December 2010 that a school leaver who did not satisfy the university’s...

The right to information: reviewing Queensland's Freedom of Information Act

Chaired by barrister, author and former journalist, David Solomon, the panel makes 141 recommendations that are "not merely an upgrade of the legislation, but a new model... a radically different but more effective legislative architecture for FOI". Government information should be released ?routinely and proactively...

Enhancing open and accountable government

This discussion paper has been prepared by an independent expert panel appointed by the Queensland Government to undertake a comprehensive review of the Queensland Freedom of Information Act 1992. The Panel was asked to prepare a discussion paper, for community consultation, and then a report...

Whistleblowers, and governments, need more protection

Queensland was the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce legislation to protect whistleblowers. David Solomon reviews the operation of the law and argues that more protection is needed.