Northern Territory Code of Conduct for Ministers and Members proposed by the Country Liberal Party August 2006
Tabled paper 603
Tabled papers for 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled By Jodeen Carney
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Country Liberal Party Proposed Northern Territory Ministers and Members Code of Conduct 1. PREAMBLE This Code provides guidance to both Ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory on how they should act and arrange their affairs in order to uphold these standards. The position of Government Minister or Member of the Legislative Assembly is one of trust. A Minister or MLA has a great deal of discretionary power, being responsible for decisions which can markedly affect individuals, organisations, companies, and local communities. Being a Minister or MLA demands the highest standards of probity, accountability, honesty, integrity and diligence in the exercise of their public duties and functions. Ministers and Members will ensure that their conduct does not bring discredit upon the Northern Territory. Ministers and Members are personally responsible for complying with the Code and for justifying their actions and conduct in Cabinet and the Legislative Assembly. 1.1 General Obligations of Ministers and Members The general obligations are as follows: Respect for the Law and the System of Government; Respect for Persons; Integrity; Accountability and Honesty Diligence; and Economy and Efficiency. 2. ENFORCEMENT OF CODE If a Minister or Member engages in conduct which prima facie constitutes a breach of this Code, or a Minister or Member is charged with an offence, or through his or her actions leads the Parliament into disrepute, a Parliamentary Disciplinary Committee shall decide the course or action that should be taken. A Minister or Member may, among other things, be asked to apologise, be reprimanded, or fined and this process is set out in the Legislative Assembly (Code of Conduct) Act. The Committee also has the right to recommend no action be taken. 2 .1 Failure to Comply with Code A Parliamentary Disciplinary consisting of representatives of all parties with the majority of members of the committee to be sourced from Government will investigate the breach of the Code by a Minister or Member of the Parliament. Page 3 of 12
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