Government should finally act and implement an appropriate code of conduct for MPs
Code would cover issues like the Adam Brooks email sage
Current guidelines are not adequate
The Liberal Government appears desperate to avoid introducing an appropriate Parliamentary Code of Conduct for Tasmanian MPs.
Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings said the introduction of a code of conduct as recommended by the Integrity Commission is long-overdue and Labor will put it on the parliamentary agenda this week.
“We need a broader parliamentary code of conduct in Tasmania than what we have now,” Ms Giddings said.
“Tasmanians deserve to have confidence in their elected representatives to do the right thing.
“It’s clear the Government’s doesn’t want its members to be held up to any form of scrutiny.
“A code of conduct would be able to deal with issues like the Adam Brooks email saga and the bullying allegations that engulfed Liberal Minister Rene Hidding.
“Tasmanians in work places right across the state have to abide by codes of conduct, it should be no different for every member of parliament.
“Ministers have to abide by a code of conduct, however the guidelines for the behaviour of other MPs are not as robust.
“Labor has reformed government to ensure greater transparency and we’ll now use our private members time this week to put pressure on the Liberals to support the implementation of a code of conduct.
“This is a matter of urgency and should be in place before the end of the parliamentary year.”
Lara Giddings MP Shadow Attorney-General