2013 Solomon Lecture

The Office of the Information Commissioner is pleased to present Griffith University’s Professor Anna Stewart's 2013 Solomon Lecture: 'Finding Gold in Mountains of Administrative Data' as part of Right to Information Day.

Professor Stewart speaks about accessing and analysing government-held data from the criminal justice system and related departments to conduct her research to understand offending over the life-course.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart introduces Professor Stewart’s address.

About Professor Anna Stewart

Professor Anna Stewart is a former Head, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University and founder and the co-Program Leader of Justice Modelling at Griffith. In 2007-2008 Professor Stewart was the Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Professor Stewart received her PhD from University of Queensland in 1994.

The topic of her thesis was “An investigation of decision making by child protection workers”. Since this time Professor Stewart has been interested in the research uses of government administrative data. Using these data Professor Stewart has examined the longitudinal contacts individuals have with child protection, youth justice, adult criminal justice system, system responses to youth offending and domestic violence, management of risk, diversionary responses and system modeling.

Professor Stewart has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, government reports and non-peer-reviewed publications.

About the Solomon Lecture

The Solomon Lecture was named in honour of Dr David Solomon AM, who was the Chair of the Independent FOI Review Panel appointed by the Queensland State Government to review Queensland's Freedom of Information laws in 2007-08. Dr Solomon delivered the inaugural 2009 lecture in Brisbane.

Since 2009, the Solomon Lecture has been given by:

  • Mr Don Watson, who spoke on the theme of "Accessibility of public language"
  • Dr Nicholas Gruen, on "Government in the age of Web 2.0: Connect, Engage, Innovate"
  • Professor Geoff Gallop, on the theme of “Is integrated government possible?”

The Solomon Lecture is now delivered during each biannual national conference, sponsored by the national Association of Information Access Commissioners, where it occurs around the country. In alternate years the Solomon Lecture will continue to be delivered and hosted by Queensland’s Office of the Information Commissioner.

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