Parliamentary Code of Conduct stillborn

June 13th, 2007 at 8:21 am by David Farrar

The proposed parliamentary code of conduct appears to be dead already.

I tend to agree with Cullen and Brownlee, that changing standing orders is the only effective way to regulate conduct. A code which states:

We will show respect for other Members. We will behave in a manner that enhances the dignity and decorum of the House. We will debate the issues raised and refrain from personal attacks.

was going too far. I’m not defending personal attacks, but what one personal calls a personal attack, another may call accountability. Were the questions about the conduct of Taito Phillip Field a personal attack?

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