Cabinet documents to be released after 30 days, says Queensland Premier

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Cabinet documents to be released after 30 days, says Queensland Premier

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government would release cabinet papers after 30 days instead of 30 years as she addresses her government's response to the Coaldrake report into accountability in the public service.

On Tuesday, Professor Peter Coaldrake released his final report titled Let The Sunshine In, which made 14 recommendations designed to strengthen accountability and integrity mechanisms in the Queensland government.

Ms Palaszczuk said the landmark report on accountability in the public service was groundbreaking and revolutionary and will make Queensland a leader in integrity.

The recommendations included the release of cabinet documents, enhancement of integrity bodies, protection for whistleblowers, and strengthening lobbying regulation.

Ms Palaszczuk said she will accept all the findings and labelled the release of Cabinet documents as the most fundamental recommendation.

That is incredibly brave thinking, and for a government to embrace it is revolutionary.

My director-general has been in touch with New Zealand. We're looking at the way they released their Cabinet papers because Peter Coaldrake drew extensively in relation to the procedures adopted in New Zealand.

The public servant that will lead the implementation is David Mackie, who is the head of the attorney-general's department. The Premier has addressed the findings of the report after she had a two-hour dental surgery yesterday, which meant she was unable to front the media.

The lobbyists and their relationship with the government were defended by Ms Palaszczuk.

She said that I'm making it clear to the entire business community in Queensland.

All my ministers have been out in Queensland this week, and we go out and about, we do our community cabinets. I have visited two hospitals, people come up and talk to me all the time. She said the timeline on when the recommendations would be implemented would be determined by parliament's schedule.

She said that some of these recommendations need legislative change, so she said that we could get something into the parliament in August or go through normal parliamentary processes.

I expect that to be up and running by the end of the year or at the beginning of next year.