Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr D R Drew
I consider it is a disgraceful situation if, as reported
today, any Member has been betting on the outcome of the election
of the Speaker. We ordinary folk out here see our Members as having
a job to do for us; not in that role to engage in activities for
which their favoured positions might provide scope to make money
on the side. It's but a small step to their placing wagers on
the progress of other Parliamentary business!
It ought to be obvious to the dullest mind amongst
them that such conduct is unethical, whether or not they would
profit by it, but seemingly they actually need to be told. I presume
from what I read that you yourself are presently not placed to
regulate such things, so to whom is it I should make any representations?
26 October 2000