The new independent MP for the seat of North Sydney, Kylea Tink, says she wants to see a code of conduct for parliament that has consequences for MPs, suggesting the new integrity commission could be empowered to sack parliamentarians if necessary.
Arguing a shake-up to the culture of Parliament House was needed to encourage integrity for all those who worked in federal politics, Tink said it “beggars belief” that there was not a professional code of conduct in place for federal parliament, as had been recommended by the landmark Jenkins review.
Tink, who unseated Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman at the 21 May election, said she had been motivated to run for office partly after being “shocked” by the stories of misconduct in Canberra, and had been surprised to learn that employees in the building were not bound by a code of conduct like in other large organisations.
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