28 September 2016 – International Right to Know Day 2016

International Right to Know Day is celebrated annually on 28 September.

The event began as Right to Know Day in 2002 when countries from around the world created a network of Freedom of Information Advocates (FOIA Network) and agreed to collaborate in promoting individuals rights of access to information and open, transparent governance. The FOIA Network proposed that 28 September be nominated as international “Right to Know Day” in order to symbolise the global movement for promoting the right to information.

“I am pleased to announce that for the first time Victoria will join with Information Commissioners in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Commonwealth to jointly celebrate International Right to Know Dayon 28 September 2016.”

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21 September 2016 – ‘Australia’s Information Commissioners commend citizens’ Right to Know on 28 September’

Right to Know Day is an opportunity for all Victorian public sector agencies and Councils to promote the importance of public access to Government held information. I encourage your organisation to participate in the Queensland Office of the Information Commissioner’s annual Solomon Lecture which for the first time will be available by live broadcast to Victorian FOI practitioners. The Solomon Lecture is named after Dr David Solomon, who chaired a review of Queensland’s Freedom of Information Act 1992 which was repealed and replaced by the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009.

The Solomon Lecture

This year, Queensland’s annual Solomon Lecture will be the centrepiece of the Right to Know Day. The Lecture will be live-streamed on Right to Know Day, 28 September 2016. This year’s topic is “Collaboration in Place: The central role of information and data in securing Queensland’s future prosperity”, presented by Professor Anne Tiernan, Director of the Policy Innovation Hub at Griffith University. Professor Tiernan will draw on her experience with Griffith University’s Policy Innovation Hub and her involvement in the Logan Together initiative when discussing key aspects pertinent to Right to Information, including: transparency and trust in government; and better public service delivery focused on improved information flow (including open data) to the community to inform decision making by government, community organisations and industry.

The lecture will explore whether locally-responsive approaches premised on collaboration between individuals, communities, businesses and governments can provide the key to Queensland’s future prosperity and help rebuild trust in public processes and institutions.

The Solomon Lecture will be followed by a panel discussion involving Professor Tiernan, Queensland Right to Information Commissioner Claire Smith and other experts.

For more information and to register here

View the event live at 9am on Wednesday 28 September 2016 online @ www.ustream.tv/channel/the-edge-external-events or register to be in the audience at the State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Southbank @https://2016solomonlecture.eventbrite.com.au


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