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Transparency International New Zealand
30 July 2020
Patron, Lyn Provost

The Parliamentary Code of Conduct is a first step, much more needed

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) congratulates Parliament on ‎the release of a Code of Conduct.

TINZ has been calling for parliamentarians to develop a code of conduct since 2003 and applaud this action on a non-partisan issue.

“The culture of Parliament is such that the very behaviours that require the code are demonstrated by MPs who fail to see its necessity. Now that the door is opened, all Parliamentarians need to walk through it and be on their best behaviour prior to the election,” says Suzanne Snively, Chair of Transparency International New Zealand.

The proposed code of conduct’s primary focus is to address the important issues of inappropriate sexual contact and bullying. It is missing an opportunity to further address Parliamentary conduct by ignoring several recommendations of TINZ’s National Integrity System Assessments of 2003, 2013 and 2018.

The code of conduct needs to go further to support Parliamentary reform  including:

  • ensuring lobbying transparency
  • requiring stronger independent oversight of MPs travel expenses.
  • Improving transparency in the administration of Parliament (as distinct from its legislative work)

“Our Parliament has exhibited an admirable tone from the top during the COVID-19 crisis. A strong Parliamentary code of conduct goes a long way to ensuring they do as well during the next crisis,” Snively adds.

 


Background information for journalists

  1. Media Contacts

    Suzanne Snively

    Chair

    Transparency International New Zealand

    +64 21 925 689

    suzanne.snively@tinz.org.nz

  2. About Transparency International

    Transparency International is a global civil society coalition based in Berlin, leading the fight against corruption. It compiles a number of measures of different aspects of corruption including the Corruption Perceptions Index, the Global Corruption Barometer, and the Bribe Payers Index. Information on Transparency International can be found at www.transparency.org.

  3. About the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International

    The local chapter of Transparency International works to actively promote the highest levels of transparency, accountability, integrity and public participation in government and civil society in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Find TINZ at www.transparency.org.nz.

    Transparency International New Zealand has several projects designed to support greater integrity.  These can be viewed in our Annual Report, and include:

    • National Integrity System Assessment, a risk assessment of the pillars of democracy
    • Development of a Financial Integrity Systems Assessment Tool, for use with the financial sector;
    • Leaders Integrity forums for senior public leaders
    • Submissions and advocacy
    • Thought leadership through communications and events.

    Chief Executive Officer

    Julie Haggie

    Transparency International New Zealand

    +64 27 498 9126

    Julie.haggie@tinz.org.nz

  4. Proposed Parliamentary Code of Conduct

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