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Te Aka Matua o te Ture

Report 64

Defaming Politicians

A Response to

Lange v Atkinson

August 2000

Wellington, New Zealand

Table of Contents

The Law Commission is an independent, publicly funded, central advisory body established by statute to undertake the systematic review, reform and development of the law of New Zealand. Its purpose is to help achieve law that is just, principled, and accessible, and that

reflects the heritage and aspirations of the peoples of New Zealand.

The Commissioners are:

The Honourable Justice Baragwanath – President
Judge Margaret Lee
DF Dugdale
Timothy Brewer ed
Paul Heath qc

The Executive Manager of the Law Commission is Bala Benjamin
The office of the Law Commission is at 89 The Terrace, Wellington
Postal address: PO Box 2590, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
Document Exchange Number: sp 23534
Telephone: (04) 473–3453, Facsimile: (04) 471–0959

Report/Law Commission, Wellington, 2000
issn 0113–2334 isbn 1–877187–56–9
This report may be cited as: nzlc r64
Also published as Parliamentary Paper E 31AW

23 August 2000

Dear Minister

I am pleased to submit to you Report 64 of the Law Commission, Defaming Politicians – a Response to Lange v Atkinson.

Yours sincerely

The Hon Justice Baragwanath

The Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Justice
Parliament Buildings

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