Monday, 22 August 2016

#Auspol This is a scandal, however you look at it.

When a Minister negotiates something as serious as #Chafta & #TPP they should be held to the highest integrity standards. They are dealing with sensitive information. Information that could be incredibly lucrative to either themselves or other parties associated with them. There are so many flags that draw the eyes towards the former Trade Minister it is not funny. Our major parties also are clearly in a compromised position to sit in judgement of this,primarily due to the way they fund their activities. Australian politics is becoming so blase about political probity almost anything goes.

Post-separation employment

The Standards of Ministerial Ethics states:
2.19. Ministers are required to undertake that, for an eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months in office. Ministers are also required to undertake that, on leaving office, they will not take personal advantage of information to which they have had access as a Minister, where that information is not generally available to the public.
2.20. Ministers shall ensure that their personal conduct is consistent with the dignity, reputation and integrity of the Parliament.
The standards include a specific reference to restrictions on the post-separation employment of ministers who intend to engage in lobbying activities:
8.6. In addition, as outlined earlier, Ministers will undertake that for an eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months of office.
These restrictions are repeated in the Lobbying Code of Conduct (see below for more information on this code).               
I think this is another ugly issue that highlights this nation's need for a federal ICAC to protect the people of Australia from corruption in politics. This can have absolutely no input from  politicians as it would be polluted as most of our authorities & independent bodies are today.