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Thursday, 6 October 1977

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 16 August 1977:

What are the words of the oaths taken or affirmations made by members of (a) the Federal Executive Council, and (b) the British Privy Council.

Mr Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a)   The words of the oath taken by a member of the Federal Executive Council are set out below.

I,.................... being chosen and summoned by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia as a member of the Federal Executive Council, do swear that I will to the best of my judgment at all times when thereto required freely give my counsel and advice to the Governor-General or the person Administering the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia for the time being for the good management of the public affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia and that I will not directly or indirectly reveal such matters as shall be debated in Council and committed to my secrecy, but that I will in all things be a true and faithful Councillor. So help me God!

(b)   It is the practice in respect of the Privy Council that oaths taken by Privy Counsellors are regarded as being confidential between Her Majesty and those who take them.

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