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Wednesday, 19 September 1990


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.


MR SPEAKER: I would just like to take the opportunity to welcome to our Assembly Mr Warren Pitt, MLA, from the Queensland Parliament. He represents the area of Mulgrave. On behalf of the Assembly, welcome.


MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition) (10.31): I move:


(1) a standing committee on ethics for Members of the Legislative Assembly be appointed to inquire into and report on matters (a) referred to it by the Assembly, and (b) considered by the committee to be of concern to the community;

(2) the committee shall consist of 5 Members;

(3) the committee be provided with the necessary staff, facilities and resources;

(4) the committee be required to prepare and report to the Assembly on an appropriate code of ethics for Members;  

(5) the committee be responsible for promoting the value of ethical behaviour amongst all Members and to the community from which they are elected;

(6) the ethics committee be asked to report on means for members of the community to raise alleged breaches of such a code of ethics, and appropriate action for the Assembly to take in relation to such breaches;

(7) the committee consider the following draft Code of Ethics as a first step:


 The object of the Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly shall be to elevate the practice of representative government by the practice and promotion of sound and honourable discharge of Members' duties.


 To further these objectives, the following ethical principles shall govern the conduct of every Member of the Legislative Assembly who shall:

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