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Northern Territory Code of Conduct for Ministers and Members proposed by the Country Liberal Party August 2006



Northern Territory Code of Conduct for Ministers and Members proposed by the Country Liberal Party August 2006

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Country Liberal Party Proposed Northern Territory Ministers and Members Code of Conduct 4. RESPECT FOR THE LAW AND THE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT Ministers and Members will uphold the laws of the Northern Territory and Australia, and will not be a party to their breach, evasion, or subversion. Ministers will act with respect towards the institution of the Legislative Assembly, and are to ensure that their conduct, whether in a personal or official capacity, does not bring the Assembly into disrepute, or damage public confidence in the system of government. 4.1 Conformity with the Principles of Accountability and Financial and Collective Responsibility All Ministers and Members are to recognise the importance of full and true disclosure and accountability to the Parliament. Under the Northern Territorys Westminster-style system, the Executive Government of the Northern Territory is answerable to the Legislative Assembly and, through it, to the people. Ministers and Members should take reasonable steps to ensure the factual content of statements they make in the Assembly are soundly based and that they correct any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity. Being answerable to the Assembly requires Ministers to ensure that they do not wilfully mislead the Assembly in respect of their Ministerial responsibilities. The ultimate sanction for a Minister who so misleads is to resign or be dismissed. Ministers will recognise that they have an obligation to account to the Assembly fully and effectively for all money they have authorised to be spent, foregone, invested or borrowed on behalf of the Northern Territory. Ministers are individually accountable to the Assembly for the administration of their Departments and Agencies All Ministers who make up the Executive of the Government acknowledge that the collective decisions of Cabinet are binding on them individually. If a Minister is unable to publicly support a Cabinet decision, the proper course is to resign from Cabinet. This Convention is based on the proceedings of Cabinet ordinarily being private and with the decisions of Cabinet being collective in nature. Ministers will ensure that they and their staff preserve the confidentiality of Cabinet business and protect the security of Government documents. 4.2 Official and Personal Conduct The ethical and effective working of Government in the Northern Territory depends on Ministers and Members having the trust and confidence of all their colleagues both in their official dealings and in the manner in which they discharge their official responsibilities. Ministers will recognise that they have an obligation to their colleagues to inform the Chief Minister, or in the case of the Chief Minister, Cabinet, if the Minister is subject to any inquiry, investigation or criminal or civil proceedings. Page 5 of 12

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