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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2889


Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - Mr Chairman,I now move, seeing that we are apparently starting again, the words which I submitted to the Committee yesterday, that is:

In proposed new section 17g, delete all words after' form' and insert the following:

I , , do swear that I will well and truly serve Her Majesty the Queen of Australia, her heirs and successors according to law, in the office of (Chief Judge, Senior Judge or Judge, as the case may be) of the Family Court of Australia and that I will do right to all manner of people according to law, without fear of favour, affection, or ill-will.'

I   . , do solemnly and sincerely promise and declare that 1 will well and truly serve Her Majesty, the Queen of Australia, her heirs and successors according to law, in the office 01(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 of favour, affection or illwill.'


Senator Poyser - Where is the amendment?


Senator GREENWOOD - It was circulated yesterday, lt is contained, for those honourable senators like Senator Poyser who are doubting me, in the Hansard record of yesterday. I ask honourable senators opposite to be patient and to turn over the pages. I do not feel that it is necessary to elaborate upon what I said earlier.

My amendment is in the traditional form of the oath or affirmation which judges take in the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court. I believe that it is right and proper that judges of the Family Court should swear allegiance to a person because that is the form.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be added (Senator Greenwood's amendment) be added.







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