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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2887


Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral) - 1 move:

Insert the following new clause: 17c A Judge shall, before proceeding to discharge the duties of his office, take, before the Chief Justice or a Justice of the High Court of Australia or a Judge of the Family Court or of another court created by the Parliament, an oath or affirmation of allegiance in the form in the Schedule to the Constitution and also an oath or affirmation in the following form-

I, , do swear that I will well and truly serve in the office of the (Chief Judge, Senior Judge or Judge, as the case may be) of the Family Court of Australia and that 1 will do right to all manner of people according to law, without fear or favour, affection or illwill, So help me God.' or

I, , do solemnly and sincerely promise and declare that ... (as above, omitting the words 'So help mc God ') '.

The clause would require the judge to take an oath of allegiance as set out in the Constitution and would also require him to say: 'I do swear that I will well and truly serve in the office of Chief Judge, Senior Judge or Judge of the Family Court of Australia and that I will do right to all manner of people according to law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will, So help me God.' If he takes an affirmation he will be required to say the same thing: 'I do solemnly and sincerely promise and declare 'etc. So he will take 2 oaths, the oath of allegiance and an oath to perform faithfully the duties of his office.







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