Falling Trust in Politicians

Thursday, 19 July 2018

NSW Parliamentary Secretary and Member for Davidson, Jonathan O’Dea, has highlighted the worrying trend of declining public trust in politicians and politics, saying that the political class has much to answer for.

“Politicians must display principled attitudes and behaviours in office. While personal experiences and institutional protections of parliament influence levels of trust, our behaviour has the largest impact on trust in politics,” Mr O’Dea said.

Mr O’Dea believes that acting with integrity and honesty, demonstrating openness and transparency, delivering competent and fair performance and collaborating in the public interest, are key to politicians showing the public they are worthy of trust.

Mr O’Dea will present a paper this Friday on ‘Trust and Political Behaviour’ at the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) Conference held in Brisbane, Queensland.

For more information on the ASPG conference, visit https://www.aspg.org.au/conferences/2018-queensland/