Ministers hold high public office and are entrusted with considerable privilege and power. The people of Australia are entitled to expect that, in the discharge of their duties, they will act in a manner that is consistent with the highest ethical standards.
The convention of collective responsibility which applies to the Federal Cabinet ensures that the Government is collectively accountable and responsible to the Parliament and to the people of Australia. This means that Ministers are responsible, both personally and as a group, for the way in which we carry out our official duties.
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