Star News Group Pty Ltd and Southern Downs Regional Council [2019] QICmr 39 (12 September 2019)

Application number:
314211
Applicant:
Star News Group Pty Ltd ACN 005 848 108
Respondent:
Southern Downs Regional Council
Decision date:
Thursday, Sep 12, 2019
Catchwords:

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - RIGHT TO INFORMATION - REFUSAL TO DEAL WITH APPLICATION - EXEMPT CLASS OF DOCUMENTS - information concerning workforce surveys - whether application expressed to relate to all documents containing information of a stated kind or subject matter - whether all documents to which application relates appear to comprise exempt information - whether agency may refuse to deal with application - section 40 and schedule 3, section 8 of the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld)

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - RIGHT TO INFORMATION - REFUSAL OF ACCESS - CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST INFORMATION - information concerning workforce surveys - accountability and transparency - informed debate on important issues - prejudice to future supply of information to Council - prejudice to management function - whether disclosure would, on balance, be contrary to the public interest - sections 47(3)(b) and 49 of the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld)

Appeals information:

This decision is the subject of an appeal to QCAT