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Ministers' diaries to go online

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QUEENSLANDERS will be able to see what their elected ministers are up to each month when the Newman Government posts ministerial diaries online.

Premier Campbell Newman confirmed on Monday he would release his and his minister's diaries and lobbyist registers each month.

By the end of this week, people will be able to look at Mr Newman's activity for the past six months when he posts his diary online.

The minister's diaries will go online early next year.

The move follows controversial accusations former Public Works and Housing Minister Bruce Flegg wrote false diary entires depicting him in his electorate when he was really moonlighting at a medical surgery.

Arts Minister Ros Bates has also come under scrutiny after she was forced to amend her lobbyist register to include more meetings and phone calls with lobbyists, including former LNP senator turned lobbyist Santo Santoro.

Ms Bates is currently in hospital after seriously injuring her back on the weekend.

Mr Newman said the decision to open his diary pages was in line with his government's "ongoing commitment to openness and accountability".

"We have already put Ministers clearly in charge of their Departments again and set high standards for performance. We made lying to Parliament illegal again," Mr Newman said.

"We published our election commitments and we are reporting back to the community every six months to tell how we're delivering them

"Under the LNP Government, Queensland is not only open for business, we are also open and accountable."

Mr Newman said information not in the diaries would be material exempt under the Right to Information and Information Privacy Acts.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek will look after Ms Bates's role while she is on sick leave but the Opposition has made it known he will be grilled regarding Ms Bates amended lobbyist register.

"I wish Ms Bates a speedy recovery and hope she can return to her ministerial duties as soon as possible," Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

"But if that is not possible before next week's sittings, then I am putting both the Premier and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek as Acting Minister on notice.

"The Opposition will be asking questions about the lobbyist contact register of Ms Bates and we expect both the Premier and Mr Langbroek to give full answers.

The Premier's diary will be posted online at www.thepremier.qld.gov.au

Topics:  campbell newman queensland government



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