Coaldrake taskforce to look at New Zealand’s model

By Anna Macdonald

July 5, 2022

David Mackie
The Coaldrake review taskforce will be headed by QLD attorney-general David Mackie. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

A taskforce has been set up to implement the findings of the Coaldrake review immediately, headed by director-general of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General David Mackie. 

The taskforce is set to report its findings in September, with plans to introduce a legislative reform package to parliament. 

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the reforms will set a ‘benchmark’ for the rest of the country to follow. 

“These reforms will make Queensland the most transparent government in the country.

“Some reforms will be implemented immediately, others which require legislative change and stakeholder consultation will take a bit more time,” the premier said. 

The premier added Mackie and the cabinet secretary would be travelling to New Zealand to look at its model and implications. 

As part of the announcement, three unnamed lobbyists who worked on Labor’s state election campaign in ‘substantive roles’ would be unable to lobby the government for the remainder of this term.

Deputy premier Steven Miles said the Coalition should do the same.

“We now call on the LNP to advise us of which lobbyists worked on their last campaign so that we can ban them from engaging with our government and also call on the LNP to stop allowing those political consultants to lobby them as the potential alternative government,” Miles said.

One change outlined by Palaszczuk was releasing cabinet documents after 30 days instead of 30 years. 

The Coaldrake report, published by Peter Coaldrake last week, found ‘widespread disaffection’ with the government’s performance. 

“This review was prompted by a number of issues, some publicly ventilated, which together paint the picture of an integrity system under stress trying to keep check on a culture that, from the top down, is not meeting public expectations,” Coaldrake said.

The report further named non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) as a barrier to full transparency, specifically as a tool to cover up bullying in the workplace. 

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