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CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SENATORS

The Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Kernot), pursuant to

notice, moved--

(1) That the Senate adopts, as a Code of Conduct for Senators, the

principles set out in the document entitled "A framework of

ethical principles for Members and Senators', tabled by the

President on 21 June 1995, subject to the following amendments:

(a) Principle 1, heading, at the end, add "and its System of

Government".

(b) Principle 1, at the end, add:

"Members and Senators shall act with respect towards the

institutions of Parliament and shall ensure that their

conduct, whether in a personal or official capacity, does not

bring Parliament into disrepute, or damage public confidence

in the system of Government.".

(c) Principle 2, omit the Principle, substitute the following

Principle:

"2. Diligence and Economy

Members and Senators must exercise due diligence, care and

attention, and shall at all times, seek to achieve the highest

standards practicable in relation to their duties and

responsibilities in their official capacity. Members and

Senators, in performing their official duties, shall, to the

best of their ability, apply public resources economically and

only for the purposes for which they are intended, and expose

fraud or corruption of which the Member or Senator is aware.".

(d) Principle 3, omit the Principle, substitute the following

Principle:

"3. Respect for the Dignity and Privacy of Others

Members and Senators shall treat other Members and Senators,

members of the public and officials honestly and fairly, and

with proper regard for their rights, entitlements, duties and

obligations, and shall at all times, as far as they are able

to, provide responsive, effective and courteous service to all

those with whom they have official dealings.

They must respect the privacy of others and avoid

unjustifiable or illegal discrimination. They must safeguard

information obtained in confidence in the course of their

duties and exercise responsibly their rights and privileges as

Members and Senators.".

(e) Principle 4, at the end, add:

"Holders of public office should not place themselves under

any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or

organisations that might influence them in the performance of

their official duties.".

(f) Principle 5, at the end, add:

"Members and Senators shall immediately declare publicly an

actual or apparent conflict between the requirements of

official duty and any personal interest (whether a pecuniary

interest or other form of interest), whenever such a conflict

becomes known to the Member or Senator and irrespective of

whether the interest involved is the subject of separate

registration.

Members and Senators should take decisions solely in terms of

the public interest, and, in carrying out public business,

including making public appointments, awarding contracts or

recommending individuals for rewards or benefits, should make

objective choices on merit.".

(g) After Principle 7, insert the following Principle:

"7A. Accountability and Openness

Members and Senators are accountable for their decisions and

actions to the public, must submit themselves to whatever

scrutiny is appropriate to their office, and should be as open

as possible about all the decisions and actions that they

take. They should give reasons for their decisions and

restrict information only when the wider public interest

clearly demands it.".

(2) That, under the resolution of 13 February 1991, this resolution

is an order of continuing effect.

(3) That the Senate requests the House of Representatives to adopt

this Code of Conduct for its members.

Debate ensued.

Debate was interrupted while Senator Ian Macdonald was speaking.

General Business concluded.