Implementing Open Government: A Progress Report

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 1, 1985


For the second year running the Hon G Palmer, as he has now become, was invited to address the Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Section of the International Commission of Jurists. In this paper given at Wellington on 6 December 1984 the Attorney-General develops and considers from his new perspective of executive responsibility some of the themes of his earlier paper, published at [1984] NZLJ 31. He explains what the new government has already done and what it hopes to achieve, more particularly in the area of parliamentary reform and the enactment of a Bill of Rights. He sees the two as interrelated and as involving a radical change in administrative, legislative and judicial responsibilities and attitudes.

Keywords: New Zealand government, Bill of Rights, Parliamentary reform, New Zealand

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, Implementing Open Government: A Progress Report (February 1, 1985). New Zealand Law Journal, p. 46, 1985; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper No. 8. Available at SSRN:

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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