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Thursday, 25 November 1965

Mr L R Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) son asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the Government or the Commonwealth Public Service Board considered the new draft code of ethics for Commonwealth public servants as prepared and submitted by a sub-committee of the Institute of Public Administration?

2.   If the submissions have been considered, what determinations have been made as a result?

3.   Does the submission include recommendations about the procedure to be followed by a public servant should he have reason to suspect the probity of his Minister's official actions?

4.   If so, what are the terms of these recommendations?

5.   What is the existing code of behaviour to be followed by public servants in these circumstances, and do the new proposals involve a radical departure from existing practice?

6.   Would it be necessary to amend the Public Service Regulations and the Crimes Act to give effect to the proposed code of public service ethics?

7.   Are such amendments contemplated?

8.   Will the appropriate employees' organisation be consulted before effect is given to any of the recommendations?

Sir Robert Menzies - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows -

I am informed that the Council of the Australian Capital Territory Group of the Royal Institute of Public Administration has as yet neither adopted the report of its sub-committee on a code of ethics nor submitted it for consideration by the Commonwealth Public Service Board or the Government.

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