Information request meets silence
A RIGHT to Information application by the Chronicle into the investigation of alleged bullying at the Fraser Coast Regional Council has drawn a blank.
Only the basic framework of an independent investigation by Ashdale Workplace Solutions was disclosed as a result of the RTI request.
Mayor Mick Kruger hired the Brisbane-based consultants last September after allegations of bullying by senior council officers were referred to him by the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
The allegations by a former council employee were not substantiated in the final report handed to Mr Kruger in November.
The Chronicle sought the details of the allegations and investigation through freedom of information channels but almost all of the information was deemed out of bounds.
The information officer referred to the Whistleblowers Act and privacy rights in deciding that disclosure would be, on balance, contrary to the public interest.
He said the fact the allegations were not substantiated tended to diminish the expectation that disclosure would promote open discussion of public affairs and enhance the council’s accountability.
The Chronicle has appealed the decision and has asked the state’s information commissioner for an external review.