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30 year release of committee documents

The Parliament of Queensland Act 2001 (s 61) provides that the Clerk has custody of all documents in the possession of the Assembly, a committee or an inquiry.

Portfolio committee records held by the Parliament and not previously released, may be considered for public release in the calendar year following the year the documents mature to at least 30 years, in accordance with Standing Order 20(3) of the Standing Rules and Orders of the Legislative Assembly.

Commencing in 2019 the Queensland Parliament will, subject to examination and approval by the Speaker, digitise and publish committee minutes aged at least 30 years old.

The exceptions to release of committee documents are those produced by the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee, which are held for at least 100 years (Standing Order 20(4)), and documents produced by the Ethics Committee which are subject to terms of confidentiality in accordance with Standing Order 211B.

The first committee minutes to be publicly released are the minutes of meetings of the Parliamentary Committee of Public Accounts held in 1988.