Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 August 2017) . . Page.. 3270 ..
MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (5.01): I move the amendment circulated in my name:
Omit all words after “That this Assembly”, substitute:
(a) the Ministerial Code of Conduct;
(b) that, according to the Ministerial Code of Conduct item 3. a., Ministers must act according to the highest standards of personal integrity and probity, and uphold the ACT’s system of responsible government; and
(c) that, according to the Ministerial Code of Conduct item 5. d., Ministers must use administrative resources appropriately. Ministers must not permit public resources to be wasted or used in an improper manner; and
(2) further notes that:
(a) official travel to further the interests of the Australian Capital Territory is a component of ministerial duties;
(b) overseas travel by Ministers is undertaken in accordance with the International Engagement Strategy which provides a clear commitment to building enduring international relationships for the economic, cultural and social benefit of the ACT;
(c) Ministers regularly report to the Assembly on official international travel including key objectives, outcomes and benefits to the ACT;
(d) twice yearly, ministerial travel reports are provided to the Office of the Legislative Assembly by the Executive for publication on the Assembly website; and
(e) study travel allowance for non-Executive Members was abolished by the Remuneration Tribunal in 2014 following inconsistencies in usage and reporting by Members on international travel.”.
The amendment I move notes the existence of a ministerial code of conduct, which Mr Wall has extensively referenced, and particularly highlights items 3.a and 5.d in relation to standards and appropriate use of administrative resources. The amendment also further notes that official travel to further the interests of the ACT is a component of ministerial duties. The vast majority of that official travel is domestic and predominantly relates to Council of Australian Government meeting requirements. There is some overseas travel undertaken by ministers and this is in accordance with the international engagement strategy, a public strategy I have released, that provides a clear commitment to building enduring international relationships for the economic, cultural and social benefit of the territory.