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Independent MP Kylea Tink to push for parliament code of conduct

Upcoming independent MP Kylea Tink says a mandatory code of conduct for politicians and staff will help restore public confidence.
La is among a number of newly elected politicians demanding more accountability.
“As the highest office in the country … the expectations about behavior should be exemplary, not just leaving a free flow,” he told ABC Radio on Monday.
“Ideally, it would apply to every person working in the building, and I think it should be based on the value that Australians expect us to model.”
The Code of Conduct is one of several recommendations made as part of which happened last year.
A joint parliamentary standards committee was set up in February to examine the design of a code to prevent bullying and harassment, how violations can be investigated, and a range of penalties.

A report is set for November.

Ms Tink said it would make sense for the code to be implemented by an independent body.
“I’ve worked across businesses for 35 years and definitely every time you signed a code of conduct, if you violated it, then there were consequences for that violation,” he said.
“They were not always necessarily immediately dismissed, but they were definitely grounds for intervention.”
Expert in constitutional law, Professor George Williams said that such a code of conduct could contain legislation.
“The Westminster Parliament as well as our federal and state parliaments have an inherent power to discipline members,” he said.

“This power appeared recently in the conflict surrounding NSW MP Gareth Ward, where Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet threatened to remove him from parliament if he did not resign.”

While the federal parliament does not have the capacity to expel MPs due to the Parliamentary Privileges Act, Prof Williams said this could change.
“If an enforced code of conduct also removes this limitation from the Parliamentary Privileges Act, then once again members could be expelled from the federal parliament,” he said.
Ms Tink, who is one of a large number of MPs in the next parliament who will sit on the crossbench, said the increase in independent members of the lower house could help bring about change.
“No right, the crossbench is almost a third force in parliament, and I honestly believe that the focus of this third force will open a conversation in the parliament building,” he said.

“Just a rope in itself won’t fix an environment that is basically toxic.”

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