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Right to Know Day

Join us to collectively celebrate International Right to Know Day on 28 September 2018 to raise awareness of the importance of open and accountable government and the community’s right to access government held information. Show your support throughout the week and on Right to Know Day (28 September), by downloading, posting and sharing content about the importance of Right to Know on social media or participating in an event.

Read the joint media release from Australia and New Zealand’s Information Access Commissioners


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Public Forum

Jointly hosted with Monash University – ‘Freedom of Information in Australia: Towards Best Practice or Insignificance.’ This forum will take stock of where information access is currently at in Australia and what can be done to improve it.

This event is presented as part of Right to Know Week and the Media Matters series at Monash University.

John Cain, former Premier of Victoria
Prof Moira Paterson, Monash University
Sven Bluemmel, Information Commissioner, OVIC
Alison Sandy, FOI Editor, Seven News
A/Prof Johan Lidberg will moderate the panel.

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Date: 24 September 2018

Please note this event is sold out. Don’t miss out – it will be live streamed on twitter @ovic_au.

Solomon Lecture 2018

The Queensland Office of the Information Commissioner, will be holding the annual Solomon Lecture. This year, the lecture will explore how open, transparent government is threatened from a range of ideological extremes. Those who constantly question our liberal democracy and its values, including fundamental human rights and the rule of law, neither value good government nor vital elements of it, such as Right to Information legislation.

Dr Solomon’s ongoing legacy will be the focus of the lecture with Professor Ken Smith, Chief Executive and Dean of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, on ‘Trust and Transparency’ reminding us of the obligation to ensure public institutions are clear about the need, at all times, to serve the public interest, rather than narrower sectional interests. Professor Smith argues that it is only with this ongoing focus that we can expect that public trust in our democratic institutions will be restored.

Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm
Date: 24 September 2018

You can watch it online from 11am on Monday 24 September 2018.

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