Oath of Allegiance (Australia)

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In Australia the Oath of Allegiance and the Affirmation of Allegiance are oaths of allegiance made to the monarch of Australia. Both are defined by the Constitution of Australia.[1]

Certain public office holders in Australia such as the Governor General and members of both houses of federal parliament are required to make one of the oaths.[2] The words of both the oath and affirmation are attached as a schedule to the Constitution.[1][3]

The Oath of Allegiance reads as follows:

I, A.B., do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Her heirs and successors according to law. So Help Me God.

The Affirmation of Allegiance reads as follows:

I, A.B., do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Her heirs and successors according to law.

As per the schedule in the Constitution, the words "Her" and "Queen Victoria" are substituted as required with the pronoun and name of the reigning monarch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act. Commonwealth of Australia. 1900. 
  2. ^ Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act. Commonwealth of Australia. 1900. pp. Chapter I, Part IV, clause 42. 
  3. ^ "Commonwealth Of Australia Constitution Act". aph.gov.au. Commonwealth of Australia. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

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