Federal Corruption Commission

Establish a Commonwealth Independent Commission against Corruption with avenues for legal actions. Include government funded programs, tenders, and entities in receipt of government funding.

Whistleblower protections

Strengthen legal protections for whistleblowers.

Federal Parliamentarian Code of Conduct

As Australian Progressives, we also support a Federal Parliamentarian Code of Conduct and associated Parliamentarian Values. The Code of Conduct would be modeled on the current Australian Public Service framework and require all Parliamentarians and their staff to comply with the following:

  1. behave honestly, act with due care and diligence and integrity in connection with their parliamentary role and activities;
  2. as an Australian Parliamentarian, treat everyone with respect and courtesy, and without harassment or discrimination, regardless of their political affiliation, interest and citizenship;
  3. fully comply with all applicable Australian laws and parliamentary rules for Members of Parliament;
  4. maintain appropriate confidentiality and conduct when dealing with any Constituent or Citizen or other Parliamentarian, Minister or Minister's member of staff as appropriate;
  5. take reasonable steps to avoid any conflict of interest (real or apparent) and disclose details of any material personal interest of the Parliamentarian in connection with their employment as a parliamentarian;
  6. use Commonwealth resources in a proper manner and for a proper purpose;
  7. not provide false or misleading information in response to a request for information that is made for official purposes in connection with the Parliamentarians’ duties and responsibilities;
  8. not improperly use inside information or the Parliamentarian’s duties, status, power or authority:
    • to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or an advantage for the Parliamentarian or any other person; or
    • to cause, or to seek to cause, detriment to the Australian Parliament, the Commonwealth, State and Territories or any other person.
  9. at all times behave in a way that upholds the Parliament’s integrity and good reputation; and
  10. behave in a way that upholds the good reputation and interests of Australia.

Australian Parliamentarian Values.

The values we articulate for Federal Parliamentarians sets out our expectations as taxpayers and citizens in terms of performance and standards of behaviour. These are:

Honesty

Behave honestly and advocate policies that are timely and based on the best available evidence

Commitment to service

An Australian Parliamentarian is expected to be professional, innovative and efficient, working collaboratively with other Parliamentarians to achieve the best results for the Australian community

Accountability

Australian Parliamentarians are open and accountable to the Australian community under the Constitution, acting in accordance with Westminster conventions

Respect

Australian Parliamentarians respect all people, including their rights and their heritage and accept that diversity is a key characteristic of the Australian nation.

Ethics

All Australian Parliamentarians are expected to demonstrate leadership, be trustworthy, and act with integrity, in all functions, roles and tasks entrusted by the Australian community.