MPs Seek Input Into Open Data Revolution


Local MPs are asking for local input into what information should be made available on the new State Government open data website.

The website was launched last week and Member for Mermaid Beach, Ray Stevens MP, has been appointed as Assistant Minister for E-government to oversee the project.

"The Newman Government is determined to change the culture of the Queensland Government to be more open by allowing more public access to Government information," Mr Seath Holswich said.

Mr Holswich said examples of types of information that could be released included location information for ‘trackable' government vehicles such as buses, trains and ferries, road usage data, crime and accident statistics, speed camera locations and hospital statistics.

"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 Trevor Ruthenberg said.

"This is not just about opening up government information to the public - it's also about opening up economic opportunities and stimulating private sector involvement."

"It will allow the development of new services and solutions, and promote new thinking on how to solve issues that affect everyday Queenslanders. It will also, in time, provide open access to key measurements to judge the performance of not just this Queensland Government, but all governments in the future."

Any local residents or business owners who have suggestions about what information should be made available on the website should contact the MPs via the Pine Rivers or Kallangur Electorate Offices.

"In the past, Governments gave away land to stimulate economic development. Now information is the new currency, and providing this information will benefit all Queenslanders," Mr Holswich added.