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Coalition for Open Government

Coalition for Open Government

The Coalition for Open Government was established in 1979, originally to oppose the government's 'think big' development projects. The cartoon on the cover of this December 1982 issue of the coalition's newsletter refers to projects described by the government as 'in the national interest'. The Coalition for Open Government was a major force in the campaign that secured the Official Information Act 1982.

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J. C. Beaglehole Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library
Reference: Coalition for Open Government papers donated by Geoffrey Bertram, A1993.03; Open Government Report, issue 14, December 1982
Cartoon by Tom Scott

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Nicola White, 'Freedom of official information - From secrets to availability', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 February 2023)

Story by Nicola White, published 20 Jun 2012