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
Date Written: January 23, 1989
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
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