Bill may keep files secret forever

Anonymous Patron writes News From New Zealand where Civil Service chiefs will get the power to keep many government files secret forever under a new bill covering Archives New Zealand.

Critics say the bill leaves ample scope for department bosses to bar public access to classes of records and archives they can look at at present.

Former chief archivist Kathryn Patterson says she found heads of departments sought restrictions as the rule, not the exception, in her time and wants the bill tightened.”