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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 3440..

Legislative Assembly—members code of conduct

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (10.38): I move:

That Continuing Resolution 5 (Code of Conduct for all Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory) adopted on 25 August 2005 (as amended 16 August 2006) be omitted and the following continuing resolution be adopted:


The Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory acknowledge that, in a parliamentary democracy they cannot command, but must constantly strive to earn and maintain, the respect and support of those who have elected them to their positions of honour and privilege as Members.

In committing to this Code of Conduct, Members undertake, to the community and to one another, that the following principles will guide their conduct as Members in all matters:

(1) Members will at all times act with integrity, honesty and diligence.

(2) Members will act only in the interests of, and with respect for, the people of the Australian Capital Territory and in conformity with all laws applicable in the Territory.

(3) Members will always act in the public interest, make decisions and choices on merit, and not seek to gain financial or other benefit for themselves, their family or friends.

(4) Members will act independently and never place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their duties in a manner inconsistent with these principles.

(5) Members will be reasonably accessible to the people of the electorate they have been elected to serve, and should represent their interests conscientiously.

(6) Members will be transparent in, and accountable for, their decisions and actions, should avoid or appropriately resolve any actual or reasonably perceived conflicts of interest and should submit themselves to appropriate scrutiny.

(7) Members will make only proper use of those public resources to which they have access.

(8) Members will respect the dignity and privacy of individuals, and not disclose confidential information to which they have official access other than with consent or as permitted by law.

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