"What is the oath of office that is taken by the members on swearing in"

Thanks Wayne for your question about the oath or affirmation that members and senators swear. The schedule of the Australian Constitution requires senators and members of the House of Representatives affirm their allegiance to the Crown. Senators and members are required to both ‘make and subscribe’ (sign) an oath or affirmation. The same oath and affirmation have been used since federation and can only be changed by a referendum. Senators and members can decide whether they would like to swear the oath or the affirmation.

 

OATH

I, ……………, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her heirs and successors according to law. SO HELP ME GOD!

 

AFFIRMATION

I, ………………., do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her heirs and successors according to law.

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