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Tuesday, 15 October 1996
Page: 4150

Senator SHERRY —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister stand by his much vaunted guidelines for ministerial conduct or is it true that Mr Howard, in his now legendary, vacillating and weak-kneed leadership style, has conceded in the joint party room this morning that the guidelines need to be examined and reviewed? Does this mean that the Prime Minister has accepted that his standards are just too high for his ministers to meet and he will now rewrite them to conform with the lower standards of conduct which his ministers have exhibited?

Senator HILL —I have said that they are high standards. They have been deliberately set at a high standard. The fact that they are so high ought to be evident even to you, Senator Sherry, from events of recent times where, without any suggestion of dishonesty or an attempt to gain personal benefit, two office bearers have lost their jobs. The Prime Minister intends that such high standards continue to be maintained.