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Tuesday, 16 August 2005
Page: 171


Mr Melham asked the Prime Minister, in writing, on 10 May 2005:

(1)   What is the form of words employed in oaths and affirmations taken by Federal Executive Councillors.

(2)   Why is it necessary for Executive Councillors to take a specific oath or affirmation when they have already sworn or affirmed their allegiance to the Queen as Members of Parliament in accordance with section 42 of the Constitution and the related Schedule.


Mr Howard (Prime Minister) —I am advised that the answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   The forms of words employed in oaths and affirmations taken by Federal Executive Councillors are as follows:

Executive Councillor’s Oath

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I, [NAME], being chosen and summoned by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia to be a member of the Federal Executive Council, do swear that I will, when required, advise the Governor-General (or the person for the time being administering the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia) to the best of my judgment, and consistently with the good government of the Commonwealth of Australia, and that I will not disclose the confidential deliberations of the Council.

So help me God!

Executive Councillor’s Affirmation

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I, [NAME], being chosen and summoned by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia as a member of the Federal Executive Council, do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will, when required, advise the Governor-General (or the person for the time being administering the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia) to the best of my judgement, and consistently with the good government of the Commonwealth of Australia, and that I will not disclose the confidential deliberations of the Council.

(2)   Section 62 of the Constitution provides that the members of the Federal Executive Council shall be chosen and summoned by the Governor-General and sworn as Executive Councillors, and shall hold office during his pleasure.