Gladstone Regional Council has signed up as a supporter of this year’s International Access to Information Day (IAI Day) which takes place on 28 September.
Last year’s theme was ‘Artificial intelligence, e-governance and access to information’. We live in an ever-increasing digital world and things like artificial intelligence (AI) and e-governance play an important role in improving access to information. They can help bridge the digital divide by giving citizens access to tailor-made, accessible information and also deliver more efficient and effective services.
Access to timely and relevant information helps individuals and the community to stay informed of the situation and make health, safety and financial decisions.
Our Council supports a culture of openness, transparency and accountability and we are committed to improving access to information consistent with the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009.
IAI Day is a timely opportunity to raise awareness about information access rights and how greater openness builds trust between government and the community.
If you are interested in finding out more you can watch a free talk by Mr Ian Hamm who delivered the 2022 Solomon Lecture on ‘The importance of truth through Aboriginal eyes’.
In this talk, Ian discussed truth telling and its implications for Australia as a nation and what benefits it brings us all, and also discussed the importance of knowing your own story through the eyes of the stolen children in trying to make sense of your life.