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Thursday, 4 December 2008
Page: 12726

The SPEAKER (11:03 PM) —Yesterday I indicated that I would advise the House of any appropriate course of action in relation to the use of photographs taken by the member for Dawson. I believe my powers in relation to this matter are limited. Notwithstanding this, after consultation with the Clerk, at my request the Serjeant-at-Arms investigated the matter.

Following the investigation, in relation to the question of whether the member for Dawson interfered with security matters in the authorised assembly area, the matter most directly in my area of responsibility, I have concluded his actions did not cause interference. In relation to all other questions raised, I have concluded that the actions may have been insensitive and inappropriate, as described by the member for Dawson himself. I do not recommend any further action.

Yesterday, I said that the incident was another reminder of the desirability of consideration of a code of conduct for members. I note that the Committee of Privileges and Members’ Interests has informed the House that it proposes to review the question of a members code of conduct and to report back to the House. In the context of this review, I will refer this incident to the committee as an example of an incident of concern.