We are recording all those who refuse to answer the tough questions.
We are recording all those who refuse to answer the tough questions.

NO COMMENT: We asked, they refused to answer

TRANSPARENCY is the cornerstone of keeping people, companies and the government honest.

Our role as the media is to ask questions -- sometimes uncomfortable or confronting -- in our quest to reach the truth on an issue.

In the pursuit of this truth, journalists are finding companies, community members and politicians think they can avoid scrutiny by keeping quiet.

By refusing to answer our questions, they are also refusing to be upfront with the public.

Inspired by a similar project created by the US Center for Public Integrity, all of our newspapers and websites are now recording those times when we are told a version of, "No Comment".

When you read that a politician "could not be reached for comment", "declined to comment" or even "did not respond to calls", we will put them in here.

In time, we hope to shine a light on those who prefer their particular truth to stay in the shadows.

 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 14:

WHO: Chris Trevor and Associates

 

Chris Trevor and Associates
Chris Trevor and Associates

 

WHAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT:

Their recent success in claiming $300,000 in damages for client Matthew Jason Carlyon
 

WHO ASKED:

The Gladstone Observer

 

 


 

 

WHO: LNP Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen

LNP member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen.
LNP member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen. Alistair Brightman

WHAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT:

Mr Sorensen refused to respond to basic questions regarding the possibility of scuttling a de-commissioned Navy vessel in Hervey Bay.


WHO ASKED: Fraser Coast Chronicle

 

 

Fraser Coast Chronicle
Fraser Coast Chronicle

 


 

WHO:  Iwasaki Sangyo Co. Pty Ltd, developers behind a Queensland resort plan


WHAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT:

 The disclosure of their $50,000 donation to the LNP Federal Campaign in 2013 two months prior to applying for a $600 million resort redevelopment


WHO ASKED:

The Morning Bulletin

 

 

 


 

WHO: Independent candidate for Gladstone Craig Butler 

Independent candidate for Gladstone Craig Butler
Independent candidate for Gladstone Craig Butler Paul Braven GLA070115INDT

WHAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT:

The results of the election.

He said he would prefer not to say anything because "the numbers that are coming through aren't correct".


WHO ASKED:

The Gladstone Observer

 

 


 

WHO: Management of Daydream Island in the Whitsundays.

Daydream Island
Daydream Island

 

WHAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT: 

The sale of Daydream Island to China Capital Investment Group

 

WHO ASKED:

The Daily Mercury

 

 


 


  SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1:

 

WHO: QVS, distributors of Saints Row IV Re-Elected for PlayStation 4 in Australia 

QVS Software
QVS Software QVS

 

WHAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT

Whether a version of the game they had distributed was illegal for customers to hold.

 
WHO ASKED:

The Sunshine Coast Daily
 

 


WHO: Palmer Coolum Resort management and owner Clive Palmer

 

 

WHAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT

Claims from television legend Ray Martin that the resort was now "sad, empty ghost town" after Mr Palmer took over.


WHO ASKED:

The Sunshine Coast Daily

 


 


 

 

SATURDAY JANUARY 24

 

WHO: Woolworths on Kirkwood Drive, Gladstone.

 

WHAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT 

They didn't want to talk about the storm hitting Gladstone, and refused to say if they had any rain coming into the shop.
 

WHO ASKED:

The Gladstone Observer

 

   


 


 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17

 

WHO:

BP Australia and United Petroleum

United Petroleum and BP Australia
United Petroleum and BP Australia

 

 

WHAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT:
Findings by the ACCC that regional motorists were paying too much for petrol, when compared to city drivers.


WHO ASKED:
The Coffs Coast Advocate


 

 

 


WHO:  Woolworths

 

 

WHAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT:
Whether they would change their trolley systems to help avoid car damage, following Aldi's lead.

WHO ASKED:
The Sunshine Coast Daily

 

 

 


WHO: John Manzelmann - Mackay horse trainer

 

John Manzelmann
John Manzelmann Tony Martin

 

 

WHAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT:
Manzelmann declined to talk about a failed drug test for a horse he trained, racing in Rockhampton.


WHO ASKED:
The Daily Mercury



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