Commercial-in-confidence: An obituary to transparency?

de Maria, W (2001) Commercial-in-confidence: An obituary to transparency?. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 60 4: 92-109.

Author de Maria, W
Title Commercial-in-confidence: An obituary to transparency?
Journal name Australian Journal of Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0313-6647
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 60
Issue 4
Start page 92
End page 109
Total pages 18
Editor G.Davis and J. Wanna
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Blackwells
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
370102 Social Policy and Planning
750699 Government and politics not elsewhere classified
Abstract This article addresses the issue of accountability and transparency in relation to the use of commercial-in-confidence clauses to withhold information. The issue is contentious. On the one hand some like the Senate Finance and Public Administration Reference Committee (SFPARC) argue that: 'Put simply there can be no accountability if there is no information' (SFPARC 2000). On the other hand, an alternative view is: 'I think that the sanctity of contract... [is] a fundamental pillar of our legal system, and if private businesses enter into contracts with governments that specify confidentiality, then that ought to be respected' (Paterson 1999). This paper is an abridged version of a keynote address to CPA Australia (Queensland Division) Audit Intensive Day 2000, Brisbane Hilton, 10 November 2000.
Keyword Public Administration
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
 
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