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Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 No 52
Current version for 1 July 2017 to date (accessed 22 September 2017 at 14:30)
Part 1 Section 3
3   Object of Act
(1)  In order to maintain and advance a system of responsible and representative democratic Government that is open, accountable, fair and effective, the object of this Act is to open government information to the public by:
(a)  authorising and encouraging the proactive public release of government information by agencies, and
(b)  giving members of the public an enforceable right to access government information, and
(c)  providing that access to government information is restricted only when there is an overriding public interest against disclosure.
(2)  It is the intention of Parliament:
(a)  that this Act be interpreted and applied so as to further the object of this Act, and
(b)  that the discretions conferred by this Act be exercised, as far as possible, so as to facilitate and encourage, promptly and at the lowest reasonable cost, access to government information.