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Experts say politicians should be banned from moonlight

Mark Rolf, an Australian political researcher at the University of New South Wales, said politicians should not be allowed to take secondary jobs during their tenure, a public resource for private gain. The use “beyond the inferior”, he added.

Dr. Rolfe said real-time disclosure of politicians’ financial interests and meetings with business people such as lobbyists and developers are needed.

“It’s about introducing different structures, including transparency and exposure … not just expecting a simple code of conduct to provide a guide to decision making,” he said.

But he warned that the perceived nostalgia for “good old days” politics was irrelevant because last year’s politicians faced the same level of scrutiny and had to adhere to norms.

“In fact, it wasn’t that good in the old days,” he said, adding that people shouldn’t be disappointed with the latest exposures during corruption investigations, showing that the system is working.

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Simon Longstaff, Secretary-General of the Center for Ethics, said in Australia there is a clear expectation that politicians should not do a second job because they are paid for their full-time role. It was.

“If you admit it’s a full-time job, getting a second job is a malicious act,” he said. “This is a voluntary commitment to public services. People know that it constrains their choices and volunteers to serve in elected positions. It is a choice with consequences.”

Former New South Wales Audit President Tony Harris said one way to improve transparency is to increase parliamentary disclosure of potential conflicts of interest.

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