Qld Government to keep public informed with new website

POLICE will have to inform Queenslanders each time they set-up a new speed camera under a new "e-government" plan.

Premier Campbell Newman used his estimates hearing debut in Parliament on Tuesday to announce a "data revolution" for Queensland.

Mermaid Beach MP Ray Stevens has been appointed Assistant Minister to the Premier on e-government to roll out a website brimming with government resources.

Mr Newman said the Government would "throw out everything" it had onto a website to make sure the public was informed.

"We intend to release that information on a regular basis," he said.

But by everything Mr Newman means everything government department director-generals deem appropriate.

He flagged asking police to release information regarding speed camera locations, traffic data and the electrical consumption of government agencies.

When asked if an ongoing count of public service job cuts would be included on the e-government site, Mr Newman said he was happy for departments to post their head counts on an ongoing basis.

Hospital statistics, locations of trackable government vehicles including buses, trains and ferries and crime statistics are also tipped to feature on the site.

"Open access to information held by the State Government will help stimulate the development of new, innovative applications by all sorts of private individuals, companies and non-government organisations," Mr Newman said.

An Open Data Reform Group will work with Mr Stevens to establish the site and select information for release.

The website is still under construction.



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