Judge criticises NSW Police ‘code of silence’ after officers charged over attempted rape of 17yo

A Chief Magistrate has criticised NSW Police’s “code of silence” surrounding a case in which two officers were charged over the attempted rape of a schoolgirl in Sydney’s south-west.

Senior Constables Angelo Dellosa, 30, and James Delinicolis, 29 remain on bail after being charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a 17-year-old at The Ramada Hotel in Cabramatta in March.

Police allege Mr Dellosa encouraged his friend and co-worker to carry out the sexual assault after meeting her at a train station while on duty.

The Bankstown police officers, who are both married with young children, are also charged with producing child abuse material, accused of filming the alleged incident on their mobile phones.

Appearing at Sydney’s Downing Centre court complex today, Mr Dellosa was dressed in a black suit and tie, but covered his face with a mask and dark sunglasses as he made his way past reporters and camera crews.

His co-accused, Mr Delinicolis, was required to attend the hearing, but failed to show up.

His lawyer took the blame, saying “it was my mistake I didn’t know he had to be here”.

Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson expressed his frustration at the Director of Public Prosecutions after requesting the case be delayed for at least three months.

“You sound like a cracked record … what a farce, it really is,” he said.

The Crown Prosecutor explained she only received a 2,000-page brief of evidence and transcripts from NSW Police yesterday.

“You turned up to court with a code of silence — there is no explanation required other than further inquiries are taking place,” the Chief Magistrate said.

The court heard investigators were still searching for WhatsApp videos of the alleged incident more than six months after it happened.

The pair were arrested at their homes at Moorebank and Concord West in August despite reports of misconduct being submitted to the Professional Standards Command in June.

After the hearing adjourned today, Mr Dellosa spent several hours waiting inside the Downing Centre before pushing his way through a media scrum, saying “I am innocent”.

His wife was waiting for her husband in a white four-wheel drive on Elizabeth Street before the pair drove off.

The case returns to court on November 12.

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‘Unbelievable’: Victoria still doesn’t have an ‘operative QR code tracking system’

Even after Victoria’s multiple waves of COVID-19, the state still doesn’t have a “proper operative QR code tracking system,” says former Victorian

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Cairns Hospital in code yellow again as demand for emergency care pushes clinicians to the limit

Cairns Hospital has declared a code yellow emergency for the third time this year, in response to increased pressure on services.

The internal emergency was called yesterday and ended at midday today, as latest performance figures confirmed the hospital had its busiest month ever in elective and trauma surgery in March.

Anaesthetist and Together union senior vice president Dr Sandy Donald is calling for building works at Cairns Hospital to be expedited, to create space and ease pressure on the system.

Cairns Hospital emergency department experienced its busiest day ever in February.

The hospital’s director of intensive care, women’s and perioperative, Susan Henderson, said they had experienced a significant increase of demand on services, which had led to the most recent internal emergency.

“When we move into our code yellows, we do have to look at how we manage our elective work,” Ms Henderson said.

“Patients would be aware we do cancel some of our less urgent surgery.

“We have seen an increase in presentations at Cairns Hospital and with that has come an increase in emergency and trauma.”

Ms Henderson said over the March quarter, elective surgeries had risen 7 per cent on the previous quarter and that the long waiting list had been cut to 78 per cent.

“There’s been a total of over 1,300 procedures done through the operating suite, that included elective surgery and also our emergency surgeries.”

Dr Donald said pressure on the system had been growing since the peak of the pandemic, and that it had led to delays.

“Ramping — it is just gradually getting worse again, that’s inevitable due to steadily escalating demand, and facilities that just have never kept pace with it,” he said.

“I don’t think we currently have the beds and facilities we need for the population that we treat.

“What we know is when there are patients ramped and there are 10 or 15 patients who should be in a ward but can’t go there.

“That’s a sign of a problem within the entire health service.”

In February, 61-year-old Cairns school bus driver Margaret Leggerini was choking due to a respiratory infection and needed an ambulance to her Bayview Heights home.

“[I was] gasping, absolutely gasping for breath.

“Every breath I took hurt. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to take another breath,” Ms Leggerini said.

Advanced care paramedics attended her home, but she said she was told ramping at the hospital meant she would wait a long time to be treated.

“I just felt sad, it’s the first time I’ve ever had to have the ambulance called for me, and I couldn’t get the help … I couldn’t go to the hospital where I would feel secure,” she said.

Ms Leggerini was treated by paramedics at home and taken to her GP.

“The hospital advised them that if I could go to my GP … that would be a better situation as there was a six-hour wait at the hospital.”

Ms Leggerini said she while the paramedics very helpful, the system needed to be fixed.

“I really feel for them and their workload, and what they have to go through just to try and do their job,” she said.

“I think about if someone was having attack or a stroke or something like that, they probably wouldn’t be here … especially on that day.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the state government was moving quickly to expand bed capacity in Cairns. 

She said an announcement is imminent on the proposed medical research area outside the hospital. 

“In the next couple of weeks I believe we’ll have the work that’s been done, due diligence work being done on identifying sites’ innovation, research and education centre,” she said.

“Why that education centre is important is because currently all of that research and education is currently happening inside the hospital so once we establish the land and build the centre and move those services out … we’re going to immediately be able to create extra bed capacity.”

She also said work is progressing on an expansion of mental health facilities at the hospital.

“We’re moving very quickly on the enhancement that we’re making at Cairns Hospital, the land is already there for construction to start on the mental health unit.

“I think it’s around an extra 30-bed capacity through the education centre and around another 70 through the mental health, so about 100 extra beds.

“We’re moving as quickly as we can.”

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Dr Kerry Chant urges QR code check-ins with Service NSW app

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant has stressed the importance of using QR codes to check into businesses as COVID-19 contact tracers scramble to find the source of infection for a man from Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

A man aged in his 50s and his wife became the first locally-acquired cases of the virus in NSW in more than a month when they tested positive last week.

Although the man’s genetic sequencing is a perfect match for a returned traveller from the US in hotel quarantine, NSW Health is yet to trace the exact point of transmission.

Authorities continue to believe he caught the virus during brief contact with an infectious person who was likely running errands in the community.

“The team has been thinking of every which way this transmission could have occurred,” Dr Chant told 2GB on Tuesday.

“(So far it is a) case that’s popped up in the eastern suburbs without explanation.

“We’ve always got to keep an open mind that there could be another source.

“This always adds uncertainty but at the moment we don’t have any clear crossover point for this gentleman.”

NSW Health has listed nine venues as close contact, which requires people who visited during allocated times to self-isolate for 14 days regardless of their test result.

Dr Chant urged businesses and their customers to continue vigilantly signing in using the Service NSW app’s QR code.

“This is a wake up call … the QR codes, we really need those and people to be using them,” she said.

“I think people can get a bit complacent.

“We have asked people to make sure they are in prominent places (within stores).

“We want to make sure there’s no other transmission occurring in the community that we are missing.

“(COVID-19) can be quite mild … so people might be putting off getting a test. But we need everyone pulling together … and come forward for testing.”

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Victoria moves to single QR code COVID-19 check-in system amid concerns about compliance

It wasn’t until Rachelle Connor left Victoria and returned that she started to become worried about how QR codes were used in her home state.

At the first restaurant they visited after arriving in Western Australia, Ms Connor and her family were asked to download the SafeWA app before scanning into the venue.

“That’s how diligent they are,” she said.

It was one of the first times she had been told she would not be allowed into a venue without showing proof of her checking in.

“It’s just everywhere, people are doing it and people are complying,” she said.

“And it just struck us that after being in Victoria, where we’ve had so many cases, to go to a state that has had barely any cases, and everyone is still scanning to go into any sort of shop or any outlet was just extraordinary.”

Ms Connor, a council worker, said she had written to businesses since returning home “and I was told that it’s not mandatory in Victoria”.

Most venues, including hospitality, sport facilities, gyms, religious sites, community venues, entertainment venues, real estate inspections, museums, nightclubs, gaming, accommodation and beauty services, are all required to use a QR code system.

Supermarkets, retail and shopping centres are “highly recommended” to use the service.

The results of a recent survey released by the government found only 41 per cent of visitors to hospitality venues checked in every time.

Authorised officers visited a range of venues between April 30 and May 2 and issued warnings or notices about a lack of compliance with the system.

Health Minister Martin Foley said there had been “declining levels of compliance with the kind of measures we need to stay safe and stay open”.

The use of QR codes for contact tracing is in the spotlight after New South Wales authorities praised a couple at the centre of the outbreak for using the state’s system.

Nancy Baxter, head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, said the QR codes were “really helpful” if everyone was using them.

The data collected through the QR codes can work faster than the “deep detective work” of contact tracers, meaning potentially infected people isolate sooner.

But Professor Baxter said their usefulness depended on their uptake.

“Even myself, I try to be vigilant about it, but just recently, I couldn’t seem to get the system to work. Did I persist? No, honestly … and I don’t think I’m unique,” she said.

The government has today announced small-to-medium-sized businesses will have patron caps lifted from May 28.

Venues that are 400 square metres or below will be able to have up to 200 patrons per space — such as a dining room or band room — with the previous rule of one person per 2 square metres removed.

They must use the government’s Service Victoria app and have COVID marshals in place to ensure people are checking in to each space.

Mr Foley said the move to the single system was made on public health advice and after looking around the rest of the nation.

After allowing venues to use their own check-in system for months, Victoria recently mandated the use of the Service Victoria app, or for third-party systems to link back to the government’s interface.

Venues were given an amnesty until April 23 to comply.

There had been some pushback over fears small businesses would be forced to bear the cost of the move to a single program.

The new rules announced today mean all venues must use the government’s app instead, despite many going through the process of having their systems approved over recent weeks.

“Business welcomes the announcement of the easing of restrictions today,” chief executive of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Paul Guerra said.

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XOPP restaurant in Haymarket criticised for low QR code compliance

A Sydney restaurant has been criticised by the health department for not enforcing QR code check-ins after the eatery ended up on a list of feared coronavirus exposure sites.

The rebuke from NSW Health came as the state recorded no new coronavirus cases on day three of an ongoing outbreak.

However, there are still fears community members could be infected with COVID-19 without knowing it after an eastern suburbs couple tested positive on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

After the couple’s diagnosis, NSW Health compiled a long list of places where officials fear COVID-19 could have spread.

Haymarket restaurant XOPP was added to the list on Thursday night.

NSW Health wrote in a coronavirus update on Friday that QR code check-ins at the restaurant were “very low”.

“NSW Health is concerned that compliance with QR code check-ins at XOPP restaurant was very low and urges anyone who dined or worked there on Wednesday, 28 April from 1.30pm to 2.30pm to get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result,” the department wrote.

The XOPP restaurant was highlighted in the NSW Health update as forming part of an investigation into how the eastern suburbs couple was infected.

A department spokesman said officials were keen for people who visited the eatery at the time specified to come forward and get tested immediately and self-isolate until receiving a negative result.

But he stressed there would be no negative consequences for anyone who missed checking in.

The man who first tested positive to COVID-19 this week has no links to overseas travel, border work or health work, and health officials are stumped as to how he became infected.

While a genome analysis has indicated the virus he was infected with originally came from a returned traveller from the US, it’s unclear how the spread actually occurred.

Officials have warned there appears to be a “missing link”, meaning one or more people might be in the community and COVID-19 positive without being aware of it.

“It’s a mystery at the moment,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told Channel 7’s Sunrise program earlier on Friday.

“We don’t know who it is. It could be more than one person, it could be a worker that has passed it onto someone else who has passed it onto someone else.”

Anyone who visited the following venues at the specified times are considered close contacts and should get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days regardless of result:

COLLAROY: Alfresco Emporium, 1021 Pittwater Rd, Tuesday May 4; 1.00pm to 1.30pm

MOORE PARK: The Stadium Club in the Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road, Monday May 3; 11.30am to 12:30pm

PADDINGTON: Barbetta at 1 Elizabeth Street in Paddington between 1.30pm and 2.30pm April 30.

ROSE BAY: The Royal Sydney Golf Club on Kent Road, Monday May 3; 5.30pm to 9.00pm

RUSHCUTTERS BAY: Figo restaurant; 3/56-60A Bayswater Road; Friday April 30; 8.45-11pm

SYDNEY: HineSight Optometrist at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth between noon and 1pm on April 30.

MASCOT: BP Mascot; 1077 Botany Road; Saturday May 1; 4.30-5pm

For some venues that were previously listed, the window of concern has expanded, including the entries for Joe’s Barbecues & Heating and Tucker Barbecues, where the alert now applies from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on May 1.

The alert for District Brasserie was also extended, until 12pm on April 30.

Other venues of concern include:

SYDNEY: District Brasserie at 2 Chifley Square between 11am and 12pm on April 30.

SILVERWATER: Joe’s Barbecues & Heating; 142 Silverwater Road; Saturday May 1; 1.30-2.30pm

SILVERWATER: Tucker Barbeques; 138 Silverwater Road; Saturday May 1; 1-1.45pm

BONDI JUNCTION: The Meat Store; 262 Oxford Street; Sunday May 2; 3-4pm

BONDI BEACH: Bondi Trattoria, 34 Campbell Parade, Thursday April 29, 12.45pm – 1.30pm

SYDNEY: Fratelli Fresh, Westfield Sydney, F5 Pitt Street, Tuesday April 27: 1:15pm – 2:15pm

There were five new cases of coronavirus in hotel quarantine in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

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SA Parliament to form committee to draft code of conduct for MPs

A code of conduct for all MPs will be drawn up by a parliamentary committee in an attempt to improve the culture of South Australia’s Parliament.

It follows a damning report by the Acting Equal Opportunity Commissioner released earlier this month which found prevalent sexual harassment in SA’s Parliament as well as national protests, including one in Adelaide’s CBD yesterday demanding action to address workplace harassment.

‘A model for all of South Australia’

In Parliament’s Lower House this morning, Attorney-General and Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman moved to establish a parliamentary committee to closely examine the report and its 16 recommendations.

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Labor MP Katrine Hildyard moved an amendment to the motion, stating that the committee should also draft a code of conduct.

It passed with support from Premier Steven Marshall, who as recently as this morning refused to say whether he personally supported the idea.

“Every single person in South Australia should feel safe and respected in the workplace, but we here in the South Australian Parliament should be modelling the highest of standards,” Mr Marshall said.

Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas said it was time State Parliament aligned with community expectations of behaviour.

“The South Australian community expects there to be a code of conduct for this workplace, as there is for theirs,” Mr Malinauskas told Parliament.

SA Best MLC Connie Bonaros, whose complaint against now-independent MP Sam Duluk sparked the commissioner’s review, supports a code of conduct, saying it is “a long time coming”.

“The Parliament has somehow managed to cope OK with average rules and conventions for what seems like an eternity, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be continually looking at how we can modernise and improve our practices,” she said.

Long history of discussion

The South Australian Parliament has a long history of considering, but then not adopting codes of conduct.

In 2003, then Labor premier Mike Rann moved that a joint committee be established to introduce a code of conduct for all members.

The committee recommended the code take the form of a “Statement of Principles” to be adopted by each house.

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Debate on motions to adopt those statements was adjourned off in 2004, and again in 2010.

In 2012, the government used the Governor’s speech to outline a plan to adopt a formal code of conduct.

The nature of that code was outlined later that year in a bill to establish an Independent Commissioner Against Corruption.

The bill also sought to establish a Parliamentary Conduct Committee to oversee and monitor the standards set out in the code.

But the proposal contained in the bill was not acted upon.

In 2016, a so-called “Statement of Principles” was adopted by both Houses of Parliament.

But the Parliament was careful to ensure this statement would not actually have any legal effect.

It inserted a provision into the ICAC Act to specifically rule out that any “statement of principles” adopted by MPs could formally be considered a code of conduct.

Before leaving office last year, the former Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Bruce Lander noted that arrangement “fails to inspire confidence”, describing it as a “double standard [that] reflects poorly on the propriety of our legislature.”

Current Commissioner Ann Vanstone QC also called for a code to be established.

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Neural code determines instinctual responses to attractive or aversive odors — ScienceDaily

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a loss of smell has emerged as one of the telltale signs of COVID-19. Though most people regain their sense of smell within a matter of weeks, others can find that familiar odors become distorted. Coffee smells like gasoline; roses smell like cigarettes; fresh bread smells like rancid meat.

This odd phenomenon is not just disconcerting. It also represents the disruption of the ancient olfactory circuitry that has helped to ensure the survival of our species and others by signaling when a reward (caffeine!) or a punishment (food poisoning!) is imminent.

Scientists have long known that animals possess an inborn ability to recognize certain odors to avoid predators, seek food, and find mates. Now, in two related studies, researchers from the Yu Lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research show how that ability, known as innate valence, is encoded. The findings, published in the journals Current Biology and eLife, indicate that our sense of smell is more complicated — and malleable — than previously thought.

Our current understanding of how the senses are encoded falls into two contradictory views — the labeled-line theory and the pattern theory. The labeled-line theory suggests that sensory signals are communicated along a fixed, direct line connecting an input to a behavior. The pattern theory maintains that these signals are distributed across different pathways and different neurons.

Some research has provided support for the labeled-line theory in simple species like insects. But evidence for or against that model has been lacking in mammalian systems, says Ron Yu, PhD, an Investigator at the Stowers Institute and corresponding author of the reports. According to Yu, if the labeled-line model is true, then the information from one odor should be insulated from the influence of other odors. Therefore, his team mixed various odors and tested their impact on the predicted innate responses of mice.

“It’s a simple experiment,” says Qiang Qiu, PhD, a research specialist in the Yu Lab and first author of the studies. Qiu mixed up various combinations of odors that were innately attractive (such as the smell of peanut butter or the urine of another mouse) or aversive (such as the smell of rotting food or the urine of a predator). He then presented those odor mixtures to the mice, using a device the lab specially designed for the purpose. The device has a nose cone that can register how often mice investigate an odor. If mice find a particular mixture attractive, they poke their nose into the cone repeatedly. If they find the mixture aversive, they avoid the nose cone at all costs.

To their surprise, the researchers discovered that mixing different odors, even two attractive odors or two aversive odors, erased the mice’s innate behavioral responses. “That made us wonder whether it was simply a case of one odor masking another, which the perfume industry does all the time when they develop pleasant scents to mask foul ones,” says Yu. However, when the team looked at the activity of the neurons in the olfactory bulb that respond to aversive and attractive odors, they found that was not the case.

Rather, the patterns of activity that represented the odor mixture were strikingly different from that for individual odors. Apparently, the mouse brain perceived the mixture as a new odor identity, rather than the combination of two odors. The finding supports the pattern theory, whereby a sensory input activates not just one neuron but a population of neurons, each to varying degrees, creating a pattern or population code that is interpreted as a particular odor (coyote urine! run!). The study was published online March 1, 2021, in Current Biology.

But is this complicated neural code hardwired from birth, or can it be influenced by new sensory experiences? Yu’s team explored that question by silencing sensory neurons early in life, when mice were only a week old. They found that the manipulated mice lost their innate ability to recognize attractive or aversive odors, indicating that the olfactory system is still malleable during this critical period of development.

Interestingly, the researchers found that when they exposed mice during this critical period to a chemical component of bobcat urine called PEA, the animals no longer avoided that odor later in life. “Because the mice encountered this odor while they were still with their mothers in a safe environment and found that it did not pose a danger, they learned to not be afraid of it anymore,” says Yu. This study was published online March 26, 2021, in eLife.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has warped the sense of smell in millions of people, Yu does not predict that it will have significant implications for most adults who recover from the disease. However, he thinks this altered sensory experience could have a major impact on affected infants and children, especially considering the role that many odors play in social connections and mental health.

“The sense of smell has a strong emotional component to it — it’s the smell of home cooking that gives you a feeling of comfort and safety,” says Yu. “Most people don’t recognize how important it is until they lose it.”

Other co-authors from Stowers include Yunming Wu, PhD Limei Ma, PhD, Wenjing Xu, PhD, Max Hills, and Vivekanandan Ramalingam, PhD.

The work was funded by the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health (award numbers R01DC008003, R01DC014701, and R01DC016696). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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SA government will not pursue code of conduct for MPs, but accused MP Sam Duluk says the idea has merit

The state Liberal government will not take the lead on implementing a key recommendation for a broad code of conduct to help end a culture of sexual harassment in South Australia’s parliament, despite an MP accused of assaulting a colleague at a parliamentary Christmas party saying the idea has merit.

The government on Friday outlined its initial response to a damning review of parliament’s workplace culture, delivered by the acting equal opportunity commissioner Emily Strickland.

The review found sexual harassment is prevalent in South Australia’s parliament, with eight people reporting being victims of sexual harassment by MPs or their staff in the past five years.

That report recommended the South Australian parliament follow every other state and territory parliament and adopt a code of conduct for MPs.

Instead, the government on Friday announced it would amend the current code of conduct, which applies only to ministers, to include an express rule forbidding them from committing sexual harassment.

Premier Steven Marshall said that while he did not think there had been a “lack of clarity” in the ministerial code regarding harassment, it was “an item in the [acting equal opportunity commissioner’s] report and we [the Cabinet] were happy to address”.

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An amendment to the ministerial code was suggested in the equal opportunity commissioner’s report, but not formally recommended.

The Premier has previously voiced his opposition to a broader code of conduct to include other MPs, and today gave no indication the government would look to pursue it, saying any such move would be “a matter for the parliament”.

His comments were echoed by Attorney-General Vickie Chapman — who ordered the report into parliament’s workplace culture.

Ms Chapman was repeatedly asked on Friday whether the government would specifically support the recommendation for an MP code of conduct, to which she responded that it was “a matter for parliament”.

“It is a matter to advise and assist, not to direct or dictate as to what the parliament should do,” she said.

Ms Chapman declined to say whether she personally supported a code.

Later on Friday, Ms Chapman issued a statement saying that “the government will work with the opposition and cross benchers to implement the recommendations of the review”.

Accused MP backs code

While the government has expressed no desire to pursue a broader code, the idea has won support from Sam Duluk, the Liberal-turned-independent MP whose own actions sparked the equal opportunity commissioner’s inquiry.

Sam Duluk was accused of inappropriate behaviour towards SA Best MLC Connie Bonaros at a Christmas party in December 2019.

He later apologised for his actions and was charged with assault. The matter is due to go to trial in June.

Mr Duluk said he believed “pretty much every single MP” would support the introduction of such a code.

“I’m really looking forward to recommendations from the Speaker and the President in terms of the equal opportunity [commissioner’s] report that was handed down last sitting week.

“I think there’s a lot of positive movement out of that report, and if elements of that include a code of conduct, then I think that’s something that would be welcomed.”

A broad code of conduct has been the subject of debate in the South Australian parliament for almost two decades but has never been formally adopted.

The need for a code has been emphasised by both the current and former Independent Commissioners Against Corruption, with former commissioner Bruce Lander saying the refusal to adopt one “fails to inspire confidence”, and leaves parliament with no defined mechanism to deal with misconduct by its own members.

The parliament’s own Crime and Public Integrity Policy Committee has also recommended the adoption of a code for MPs.

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