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Question: Parliamentary Standards


The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (14:48): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before directing a question to the Attorney as Leader of the Government of this place on the subject of parliamentary standards.

Leave granted.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: I note that this government has already moved over 11 notices of motion in this place in just two days. I also note that they have not chosen to continue the sessional order that they respond to questions put on notice within 30 days and that it is falling to the opposition to move that motion, and the Greens certainly will be supporting that.

I very much notice the missing motion that has not yet been put before this place of an MPs' code of conduct, and yet we have been here for two days. My question to the Leader of the Government is: will you move to reinstitute an MPs' code of conduct for this council, or will you again leave it to the opposition or crossbench to do your job for you?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:49): I thank the honourable member for her question. I certainly will have a look at that this week. If there is something that had been moved in previous parliaments that has been an oversight and not moved, I will look at it and take action to remedy that.

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