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Question so resolved in the negative.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Berry) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent notice No 6, Private Members’ business relating to a code of conduct for Members, being called on forthwith.

Members code of conduct

MR BERRY (Ginninderra) (11.28): I move:

That the Code of Conduct for Members, as detailed below, prepared by the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure (Fifth Assembly) be adopted as a resolution of continuing effect:

Code of Conduct for all Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory


Members of the Legislative Assembly acknowledge their diversity of background and personal beliefs and that of Australian society, and maintain their loyalty to the Commonwealth of Australia and the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

In so doing, Members agree to respect and uphold the law, not discredit the institution of Parliament, and maintain their commitment to the public good through personal honesty and integrity in all their dealings.

Duties as Members of the Assembly

Members should avoid any decision or action which may depreciate the reputation of the Assembly and, endeavour to reasonably adhere to the Assembly’s code of conduct to ensure that their personal conduct meets generally accepted standards and does not discredit or call into question their office or the Assembly.

Members acknowledge that they have an obligation to electors to make decisions on their behalf and as such place emphasis on their dedication to this obligation. As elected representatives, Members will act honestly in all their dealings to maintain the public trust placed in them.

Code of Conduct

Conflict of interest

Members have an obligation to use the influence conferred upon them in the public’s interest and not for personal gain.

Notwithstanding the provisions set out in section 15 of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1989 and standing order 156 of the Legislative

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