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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3417

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - As I understand it, the motion says that we should agree to the amendments that have been made by the House of Representatives. The Opposition's view is that we should not agree to these amendments. When the Bill was originally introduced into the Senate it did not contain the oath or affirmation of allegiance to which we believe members of the Public Service should adhere. Our attitude on this matter has been well known ever since the oath or affirmation was removed from the legislation in December of last year. In this chamber we moved for the reinsertion of the oath or affirmation of allegiance and the Senate agreed to the reinsertion of the oath or affirmation when the Bill was first before us. The Bill as amended, with the oath or affirmation of allegiance contained in it, went to the House of Representatives where the Government removed the provision for the oath or affirmation of allegiance. It now asks the Senate to agree to the removal of that oath or affirmation. We do not accept that proposition. Therefore we shall vote against the motion that has been moved by the Leader of the Government Senate, Senator Murphy. I shall not repeat the arguments that were elaborated at some length on an earlier occasion because that would be taking the time of the Senate unnecessarily. I rose only to indicate the reason why we oppose Senator Murphy's motion.

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