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SENATORS' INTERESTS—STANDING COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That—

 (1) The following matter be referred to the Standing Committee of Senators' Interests for inquiry and report by 12 May 2011:

  The development of a draft code of conduct for senators, with particular reference to:

  (a) the operation of codes of conduct in other parliaments;

  (b) who could make a complaint in relation to breaches of a code and how those complaints might be considered;

  (c) the role of the proposed Parliamentary Integrity Commissioner in upholding a code; and

  (d) how a code might be enforced and what sanctions could be available to the parliament.

 (2) The committee consult with the House Committee on Privileges and Members' Interests on the text of a code of conduct with the aim of developing a uniform code, together with uniform processes for its implementation for members and senators.

Question put and passed.