Story: Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament

Criticising the office

The value of the office and the increasing workload of the ombudsman were recognised by the Ombudsmen Act 1975, which allowed for the appointment of more than one ombudsman. However, some people were critical of this move, fearing that it would encourage trivial complaints. This cartoon was published in the National Business Review in October 1975.

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Cartoon by Bob Brockie

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David McGee, 'Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament - Ombudsmen – history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by David McGee, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 20 Jan 2017