The Public Interest: A Concept in New Zealand's Official Information Act

Public Sector Research Papers, Vol. VI, No. 2, 1989

36 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2012

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Robert Keith Shaw

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS)

Date Written: January 23, 1989

Abstract

New Zealand's official information legislation frequently uses the phrase "the public interest". Can this concept guide officials, including the Ombudsman and the Courts, when they consider requires to release information? This book examines the concept of 'the public interest' in the academic literature, legal judgments and political debate. It concludes that the concept has utility in many contexts and is remarkably unsettled in its application.

Keywords: public policy, legislation, public interest, official information, secrecy

Suggested Citation

Shaw, Robert Keith, The Public Interest: A Concept in New Zealand's Official Information Act (January 23, 1989). Public Sector Research Papers, Vol. VI, No. 2, 1989. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1990644

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