In keeping with the convention of confidentiality which governs all cabinet discussions, this apparently innocuous cabinet agenda for one of the first meetings of a new National cabinet, on 22 December 1949, is marked 'secret'. Confidentiality allows ministers to speak freely and engage in robust debate until they reach a decision on a matter. It is one of the cornerstones of cabinet collective responsibility.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAFD 807 Box 2 item d record CM (1949) 4
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