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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1982 - SECT 92

Protection against criminal liability

             (1)  A Minister, or an officer of an agency, does not commit a criminal offence only because the Minister or officer:

                     (a)  publishes a document in good faith, in the belief that the publication is required or permitted under Part II (information publication scheme) or section 11C (publication of information in accessed documents); or

                     (b)  gives access to a document in good faith, in the belief that the access is required or permitted to be given in response to a request; or

                     (c)  publishes, or gives access to, a document in good faith, in the belief that the publication or access is required or permitted otherwise than under this Act (whether or not under an express legislative power).

             (2)  A person does not commit a criminal offence only because the person shows a document, or is concerned in the showing of a document, to another person or organisation for any of the following purposes:

                     (a)  consultation with a State under subsection 26A(2);

                     (b)  enabling the other person or the organisation to make a submission under subsection 27(4);

                     (c)  enabling the other person to make a submission under subsection 27A(3).

             (3)  For the purposes of paragraph (2)(a), State has the same meaning as in section 26A.



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