Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 June 2022) . . Page.. 1524 ..
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 16, dated 19 May 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.
I seek leave to make a brief statement.
MR CAIN: Scrutiny Report No 16 contains the committee’s comments on two bills, nine pieces of subordinate legislation, private member’s response to one bill, and three government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I would like to thank the secretariat for their professional support, Mrs Janice Rafferty, Ms Sophie Milne, and legal advisers, Mr Stephen Argument and Mr Daniel Stewart. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee
MS BURCH (Brindabella) (4.26): I present:
Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee—Report 7—Report on the conduct of Mr Davis MLA, dated 12 May 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceeding
The report was circulated to members pursuant to standing order 254C. I move:
That the report be noted.
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (4.27): I rise to comment on the report by the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure regarding the conduct of Mr Davis. I welcome the committee’s recommendations that no further action be taken against Mr Davis, and its recommendation to members in respect of seeking advice when they are unsure about the application and interpretation of the Code of Conduct. I also note the findings of the Commissioner for Standards that he could not be satisfied that Mr Davis had breached the code in the fashion alleged.
Integrity is a key principle for the ACT Greens. Trust is so important to us here in this place. We need to make sure that we earn the trust of the community and do right by them with our every action here. I am glad to have external and impartial validation of the trust we are able to place in Mr Davis’s integrity. Mr Davis, throughout this process, has clearly held himself to the highest standards. He sought advice from the Clerk of the Assembly before he sent those letters, and upon the motion being moved to refer him to the Commissioner for Standard he proactively referred himself.
I am pleased that Mr Davis took the initiative to engage with his community on important issues, including the federal election, and that he did so in a way that was cognisant of the standards to which we need to hold ourselves, clearly delineating his community and Assembly roles. It bears mentioning the commissioner’s comments, “It is not always possible to draw a sharp line of demarcation between political