Story: Freedom of official information

Too much information?

Too much information?

The Official Information Act 1982 was passed at a time of growing concern about the state of the economy. This cartoon by Peter Bromhead coincided with the passing of the act. It shows a worried-looking New Zealander surrounded by alcohol, cigarettes and tranquillisers. On the wall a portrait of then Prime Minister Robert Muldoon (labelled 'Mr Economic Miracle') is accompanied by a certificate showing the country's triple-A credit rating, while a newspaper headline reports the government borrowing from overseas.

Courtesy of Peter Bromhead

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-360-126
Cartoon by Peter Bromhead

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Nicola White, 'Freedom of official information - From secrets to availability', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2020)

Story by Nicola White, published 20 Jun 2012