Public Office Is a Public Trust

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2009

(No. 24)

_______________ PARLIAMENT OF TASMANIA _______________

JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE ON ETHICAL CONDUCT

Final Report ‘Public Office is Public Trust’
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Brought up by Mr Wilkinson and presented to the Deputy President of the Legislative Council pursuant to Standing Order 197 (L.C.).

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MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE
Legislative Council Mr Wilkinson (Chair) Mr Hall Mr Martin Ms Thorp House of Assembly Mr Best Mr Llewellyn Mr McKim Mr Rockliff

Table of Contents 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Appointment & Conduct of the Inquiry ................................................. 2 Summary of Findings .................................................................................. 5 Summary of Recommendations ............................................................ 10 Overview.................................................................................................... 17 Parliament ................................................................................................. 26 Executive ................................................................................................... 50 State Service ............................................................................................. 57 Auditor-General: Office of the ............................................................... 68 Ombudsman: Office of the .................................................................... 70 Director of Public Prosecutions: Office of............................................. 80 Tasmania Police........................................................................................ 83 Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002 ..................................................... 102 Commissions of Inquiry Act 1995.......................................................... 107 Freedom of Information Act 1991........................................................ 111 Criminal Code Act 1924 ........................................................................ 117 Other review mechanisms .................................................................... 121 Need for Augmentation........................................................................ 123 Tasmanian Integrity Commission ......................................................... 160 Other matters.......................................................................................... 168 Conclusion............................................................................................... 172 Appendices............................................................................................. 174

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APPOINTMENT & CONDUCT OF THE INQUIRY
1.1 The Honourable Member for Nelson, Jim Wilkinson, the eventual Chair of this Committee, on 17 April 2008 gave notice of a motion in the Legislative Council (the Council) that he intended to move for the establishment of a Select Committee of the Council to inquire into and report upon:… the issue of ethical conduct, standards and integrity of elected Parliamentary representatives and servants of the State in performing their duties with particular reference to: (a) an assessment of mechanisms currently available to address ethical and open Government in Tasmania; (b) whether existing entities are appropriately equipped to fulfil this function; and (c) the quantum and type of additional resources which may be required; the investigation of possible alternative mechanisms to address issues of ethical and open Government in Tasmania; an examination of legislative requirements and whether legislative change may be required; and any matters incidental thereto. 1

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The Honourable David Bartlett MP, on 27 May 2008, gave notice of a motion to establish this Committee, the first day he appeared in the Chamber of the House of Assembly (the Assembly) as Premier. The final resolution received the support of the Assembly without a division...
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