58 Pro-disclosure bias and pro-amendment bias in deciding to deal with applications

(1) It is the Parliament's intention that if an access or amendment application is made to an agency or Minister, the agency or Minister should deal with the application unless this would not be in the public interest.

(2) Sections 59, 60 and 62 state the only circumstances in which the Parliament considers it would not be in the public interest to deal with an access application.

(3) Section 60 states the only circumstances in which the Parliament considers it would not be in the public interest to deal with an amendment application.

(4) However, it is the Parliament's intention that this Act should be administered with a pro-disclosure bias and pro-amendment bias and an agency or Minister may deal with an access or amendment application even if this Act provides that the agency or Minister may refuse to deal with the application.