Tony Abbott: Statement Of Ministerial Standards

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has released a new statement of ministerial standards.

The Statement sets out standards in relation to pecuniary interests, shareholdings, gifts and post-ministerial employment. It forbids ministers from employing family members in their ministerial or electorate offices.

The Statement provides a series of general statements in regard to accountability and integrity. It requires ministers to stand aside if charged with a criminal offence and to resign if convicted. It also says a resignation may be required if the Prime Minister “is satisfied” the Standards have been been breached “in a substantive and material manner”. [Read more…]


Cabinet Secrecy – Why?

One of the major principles of Cabinet government is that the deliberations of the ministry are secret. This is related to the idea that the cabinet is collectively responsible for its decisions and actions.

The principle of cabinet solidarity is important for governments wishing to maintain a united front in public. Often this united front extends to the government’s relations with its own party members in Parliament. [Read more…]