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Tuesday, 9 October 1984
Page: 1480

Debate resumed from 9 May, on motion by Senator Gietzelt:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

upon which Senator Martin had moved by way of amendment:

At end of motion, add 'but the Senate-

(a) disagrees with the Government's action in seeking to remove reference to Her Majesty The Queen from the oath of allegiance and the affirmation of allegiance; and

(b) views with concern-

(i) the Government's deliberate devaluation of the importance of the honour of Australian citizenship,

(ii) the Government's overall failure to consult properly with the people of Australia before bringing into this Parliament such radical republican legislative proposals, and

(iii) the Government's refusal to put such a fundamental change in citizenship to the people of Australia in a referendum'.