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Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries are entrusted with the conduct of public business and must act in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of integrity and propriety.  

They are required to act in accordance with the law, their oath of office and their obligations to the Parliament. 

In addition to those requirements, it is vital that Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure public confidence in them and in the government.

Prompted by Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce's recent actions, this revised document sets out the expected standards for that conduct, including the specific edict that ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with their staff.

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