Anti-TPP Campaigners Argue Text Ban is Unlawful

According to the article (http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/285448/anti-tpp-campaigners-argue-text-ban-is-unlawful), opponents of the TPP trade pact are arguing that the Government’s refusal to release information regarding the pact is unlawful and unconstitutional and they are seeking a judicial review of the decision in the High Court in Wellington, New Zealand.

However, the Crown disagrees, upholding that the Government withheld the information due to its confidential nature, and stating that the decision made by Trade Minister Tim Groser was reasonable.

The opponents’ lawyer, Dr. Mather Palmer, argues that the Government acted unlawfully, as Mr. Groser did not review all of the information in question. Palmer continues that it is constitutionally dangerous because it signaled to all government lawyers considering OIA requests that information can be withheld without ever looking at it, thus allowing the Government to veil itself from public scrutiny even more than it does already.

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