Qld depts slow to supply inquiry docs

By Melissa Grant

Queensland government departments are taking too long to supply documents to an inquiry looking into whether the deaths of three teenagers were linked to the closure of a Brisbane mental health facility.

The commission of inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Psychiatric Centre heard on Thursday how large volumes of documents were still outstanding despite the departments receiving a number of extensions.

Frustrated Commissioner Margaret Wilson QC said the delays were "not good enough" and emphasised the inquiry had a restricted timeframe to fully and carefully examine what was a sensitive matter.

Teenagers Will Fowell, Talieha Nebauer and Caitlin Wilkinson Whiticker took their own lives in the months after the then Newman government closed the Barrett Adolescent Centre at Wacol in January last year.

Many believe the teens would still be alive if it had not been for a bureaucratic decision to close the only facility that catered for them.

Commissioner Wilson said it was imperative the inquiry examined all relevant documents, which include emails and cabinet documents, and many were still outstanding.

"The position remains that significant categories of documents that appear to be essential have not been provided in any form," she said on Thursday.

Commissioner Wilson ordered a realistic plan detailing projected timelines for compliance to be submitted to the inquiry ahead of a hearing next Thursday.

If dates for compliance remained unclear or were beyond November 27 then affidavit evidence from the directors-general would need to be provided, she said.

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