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Law Commission: MPs Should Be Subject to OIA

INFORMATION ACCESS—NEW ZEALAND

July 26, 2012

After a major review of the Official Information Act (OIA), the Law Commission has determined that the legislation should be expanded to include all publicly funded agencies, reports The New Zealand Herald. While ministers have been subject to the act, MPs have not been required to open their expense claims to the public. The report’s lead commissioner, Prof. John Burrows, says changes over the past three decades have made modernising the act necessary. "We think there's a case now for saying if a body is receiving public funding and is performing a public function, it should be accountable under the OIA," Burrows said.
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