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Politicians' Pledge


The Politicians’ Pledge called on politicians contesting the 2015 NSW State Election to commit to ethical standards. Together with the Sydney Morning Herald, we shared the conviction that it was time to reset the ethical foundations for politics in the state. 

The Pledge provided a platform for voters to get in touch with their local candidates and demand a promise of basic decency and integrity. And they did.
 
In all, 215 candidates signed the pledge. Included in the count were 111 Labor candidates, 3 Liberals, 33 Greens candidates, 19 from the Christian Democratic Party, 21 Australian Cyclists Party candidates, 2 from the No Land Tax Party and 15 Independents.
 
We hope that voters will continue to urge their local, state and federal candidates to sign up to better politics in Australia.

THE POLITICIANS' PLEDGE

As originally conceived, the practice of politics is intended to be a noble calling. Yet, without voluntary, ethical restraint, the pursuit and exercise of power risks becoming personal, brutal and self-serving; coarsening the polity, bringing public institutions into disrepute and damaging the common good.

So, consistent with the highest ideals of our profession, I promise that:

In the pursuit of power, I will:
  • Act in good conscience;
  • Enable informed decision-making by my fellow citizens;
  • Respect the intrinsic dignity of all;
  • Refrain from exploiting my rivals' private failings for political gain; and
  • Act so as to merit the trust and respect of the community.
In the exercise of power, I will:
  • Give effect to the ideals of democratic government and represent the interests of my electorate as a whole;
  • Abide by the letter and spirit of the Constitution and uphold the rule of law;
  • Advance the public interest before any personal, sectional or partisan interest;
  • Hold myself accountable for conduct for which I am responsible; and
  • Exercise the privileges and discharge the duties of public office with dignity, care and honour.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

We asked voters to get in touch with their local candidates and demand a promise of basic decency and integrity. And they did.
 
In all, 215 candidates signed the pledge. Included in the count were 111 Labor candidates, 3 Liberals, 33 Greens, 21 Australian Cyclists Party candidates, 19 from the Christian Democratic Party, 15 Independents, 6 candidates from the Strata Party, 2 from the No Land Tax Party, 2 from the Voluntary Euthanasia Party, 1 from the Australian Motorist Party, 1 from the Animal Justice Party, and 1 from the Outdoor Recreation Party.
 
We hope that the passing of the NSW election won’t be the last we see of the Pledge and that voters will continue to urge their local, state and Federal candidates to sign up to better politics in Australia.