Wellington-based Ethics network members met on 8 February 2010 to discuss guidance on political neutrality.
PSA national secretary Brenda Pilott introduced the session and spoke of the guidance from the State Services Commission.
In our view this guidance is not clear and does not place enough emphasis on human rights and freedom of expression. PSA Solicitor, Catherine McNamara, explained how advice from a department may even breach the NZ Bill of Rights Act.
The group then considered what guidance PSA should provide to its members, and how best to promulgate this guidance.
Once we have our online forum up and running, we will invite other ethics network members to discuss these ideas further.
You can access the presentations below.