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Code of conduct for ACT politicians ‘watered down’

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The Legislative Assembly has agreed to a revised code of conduct for ACT politicians after several amendments.

The new code was put forward by Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury but was watered down by the ACT Government and the Opposition.

Mr Rattenbury expressed frustration at some of the changes.

“The original motion proposed the use of the word ‘will’ and it has now replaced with the word ‘should’,” he said.

“So for example members ‘will’ at all times act with integrity, honesty and diligence has been replaced with members ‘should’ act with integrity, honesty and diligence.

“So I’m glad it’s optional for everybody and I hope that that makes members feel more comfortable.”

One of the amendments also removes the requirement for politicians to treat all Canberra citizens with courtesy and respect.

ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson says the change is designed to remove any confusion.

“All of us as members have been confronted by vexatious attacks, he said.”

“I know that the Chief Minister has been confronted by some very difficult people who have come to her with language and behaviour that wouldn’t be acceptable, and then claims are then made against people.”