The ABC has some inside word on Shane Rattenbury’s plans for the coming sitting week.
Of particular excitement are plans to set up a Standards Commissioner for reporting the misbehaviour of MLAs to:
Members of the public who suspect misbehaviour by ACT’s politicians could soon have their claims investigated by a standards commissioner.
Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury will move two motions in the Legislative Assembly this week asking MLAs to formally agree to adhere to an updated code of conduct, and to set up the Commissioner for Standards.
Mr Rattenbury says the measures will boost expectations of behaviour for the territory’s politicians.
“Members of the public or other members of the Assembly could lodge a complaint with the Speaker,” he said.
“The Speaker makes an initial assessment of whether there’s some level of credibility to the complaint or whether it’s vexatious.
“If it proceeds past that first threshold, then the Commissioner for Standards would be asked to investigate the matter.
One suspects Shane is already well aware of just how many conspiracy inclined nutters are out there.
However giving them a process at least keeps them out of trouble while they complete their voluminous yet rambling ledgers of grievance.
One never knows, maybe a legitimate complaint will emerge. We might even get to the bottom of certain MLA’s parking…