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2016 Solomon Lecture

The Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 from 8:30 am to 10:15 am (AEST)

2016 Solomon Lecture

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2016 Solomon Lecture - General admission Ended Free  

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Professor Anne Tiernan
Director, Policy Innovation Hub Griffith University
Assistant Commissioner Collaboration, Public Service Commission.

TITLE: Collaboration in Place: The central role of information and data in securing Queensland’s future prosperity

After more than a quarter of a century of almost continuous growth and prosperity, Australia confronts an uncertain economic future. Like other advanced nations, our expectations and our public policy settings will need to adjust to the realities of an international context characterised by low growth and falling living standards. And growing inequality?

But if the last seven years are any indication, the prospects for reform and change look grim. Australia’s politics has been notable for its volatility and hyper-partisanship, played out in one-term governments, rapid turnover among political leaders, growing and falling support for the major parties. The federal election of 2 July 2016 only confirmed the widely shared sense that a deep malaise has afflicted our politics – fuelling voter disengagement and undermining public trust in our public institutions and political processes.

Far from the elite debate, however, something quite different is happening. Across the country, and particularly in Queensland, a range of exciting, community-led collaborations, like the Logan Together initiative are demonstrating how open innovation practices can catalyse and drive social change. Networks of partners from all tiers of government, the community and private sectors, and from universities, are using evidence and data to re-imagine the provision of human services.

At a time when place is recognised as fundamental to innovation and the knowledge economy (Deloitte 2016), could locally-responsive approaches premised on collaboration between individuals, communities, businesses and governments provide the key to our future prosperity and to rebuilding trust in public processes and institutions?

Professor Anne Tiernan will explore these questions in the 2016 Solomon Lecture. She will argue that strategic investments in knowledge infrastructure and the favourable policy environment created by Queensland’s Right to Information laws give our state a unique capacity to realise the many benefits - democratic, economic, social and environmental, that might flow from more collaborative, community-led and data-informed public policies. Professor Tiernan will identify the formidable barriers and impediments to be overcome, the commitment and leadership that will be demanded of all players, if we are to seize these opportunities for Queensland and Queenslanders.



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Is The Edge an accessible building?
Yes, The Edge has external lift access from the ground floor and parking area to Level 1 entrance. There is an internal lift at The Edge for access to all levels and disabled bathrooms are located on both Level 0 and Level 1.

Have questions about 2016 Solomon Lecture? Contact The Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland

When & Where

The Edge, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place
Brisbane City, QLD 4101

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 from 8:30 am to 10:15 am (AEST)

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The Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland

Initially established under the repealed Freedom of Information Act 1992 (Qld), the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) continues under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act) as Queensland’s independent statutory body promoting access to government-held information and protecting people’s personal information as held by the public sector.

OIC provides information and assistance to the community and support to over 600 Queensland public sector entities, including Queensland Government departments, local government, public universities and statutory authorities on understanding their rights or responsibilities under the Acts.

OIC also reviews agency decisions regarding access and amendment applications, deals with privacy complaints, and monitors and reports on agency compliance.

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