Chronic culture of cover-ups reveal chaotic state
BLACK ink censoring a third of a damning youth justice report, a cover-up culture in the state's railways and a veil of secrecy around an outage of crucial software in our public hospitals.
They are among the worst examples of the public being left in the dark.
They lay waste to the so called new era of transparency that was promised by the Palaszczuk Government more than four years ago.
Arguably the most graphic case of Government censorship struck in April 2017 with the redaction of hundreds of pages of an independent review into youth detention centre conditions.
That included censoring any reference to a shocking incident - as revealed at the time by The Courier-Mail - of a 17-year-old prisoner in an adult jail being masked, shackled, and left alone in his cell for an hour.
It proved to be a trigger for the review, but details fell victim to the $500,000 report's redactions.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk came under fire at the time for backing the redactions, which extended to all images, apparently against the original intentions of the report's authors.
A mock-up of the black ink-stained report on the front page of this newspaper demanded to know: "What if we treated you like this?"
A less redacted version was later released.
The Government then was under pressure for sitting on another report, ultimately for nine months, into the Moreton Bay rail link signalling faults that stalled the new track's opening.
But that proved to be no contest to the cover-up culture that was exposed within state-owned passenger train network Queensland Rail after a severe driver shortage spilt over into mass service cancellations.
QR managers had been warned eight months earlier, but failed to act or report up the line.
One QR report warning of the shortage only landed on then-transport minister Stirling Hinchliffe's desk almost a year later after having already made its way to The Courier-Mail. A review blamed a culture of "complacency and being reluctant to share bad news" at QR.
QR would later come under attack over a lack of transparency for its punctuality in reporting after revelations it ignored more than 800 late running newly ordered trains in the data.
Then there's the contentious cross river rail project, the full business case for which remains secret. And more than half of a bundle of papers released by the Government last week on the project after a Right to Information application were redacted (368 fully redacted pages).
RTI laws proved no obstacle for Ipswich council suppressing details of its overseas trips in 2012 when it spent $80,000 of ratepayers funds on legal bills to fight the newspapers requests.
The council was dismissed in 2018 in the wake of a wide-ranging corruption investigation.
More recently, Queensland Health is keeping under wraps its investigation report into problems with the new Integrated Electronic Medical Records public hospital system (ieMR).
Nine years on from the spectacular health payroll disaster, QR initially explained away a three-hour system outage last month to media as a problem with staff logging in. An investigation has since pinpointed the failure, but the report is yet to surface.
State Opposition questions on notice about the finer details of the failure remain unanswered.
Health industry sources are also concerned the extent of issues with another program, the S4/Hana ordering software, have not been fully revealed and may put pressure on the budget.