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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 6.4 Cabinet Deliberations At Cabinet meetings, Ministers are to declare immediately any private interests, pecuniary or non-pecuniary, held by themselves or members of their immediate families in the matters under discussion, where a conflict of interest may arise. Any other matter that may give rise to a conflict between duty and interest is to also be declared. Any such declarations are to be recorded by the Secretary to Cabinet. It is then open to the meeting to excuse a Minister from the discussion or to agree explicitly to his or her taking part. 6 .5 Profession or Business Ministers should cease to be actively involved in the day to day conduct of any business in which the Minister was engaged prior to assuming office unless, on some special, technical or other reasonable grounds, the Chief Minister, or in the case of the Chief Minister, Cabinet deems it appropriate for a Minister to continue with that activity. The Chief Minister may agree to conditions on the exercise of Ministerial functions to avoid any conflict with the Minister's responsibilities in his or her portfolio or portfolios. In the case of the Chief Minister, Cabinet may give such approval. 6.6 Personal Interests of Staff Ministers will ensure that members of their ministerial and electorate staff are aware of the requirements of this Code and of their obligations of employment, whether set out in legislation, by determination, in an employment contract or in any other manner. Ministers also ensure that their staff comply with the requirements of the Code and are aware that they are obliged to support the Ministers or Members compliance with the Code. Ministers will require of staff such disclosure, divestment of personal interests or other action as are required of themselves and the Chief Minister. 6.7 Use of Information Obtained in the Course of Official Duties Ministers will maintain the confidentiality of information received in confidence, in Cabinet or otherwise in accordance with their duties. Ministers will also have regard to their obligations under privacy legislation in regard to the personal details of individuals. No Minister will use information obtained in the course of official duties to gain a direct or indirect financial advantage for himself or herself, or any other person. In particular, a Minister should scrupulously avoid investments and transactions about which he or she has confidential information as a Minister which may result in an Page 9 of 12

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