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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP OATH AND AFFIRMATION

Senator Short, pursuant to notice, moved--That the Senate--

(a) condemns the Government for its divisive approach to Australia's

national symbols and, in particular, its abolition of the oath

and affirmation of allegiance required of new citizens;

(b) whilst recognising that the new so-called pledge of commitment

is now law, despite strong Coalition opposition to the change,

sympathises with those local government councils which have

expressed anger at being required to use the pledge in

citizenship ceremonies;

(c) criticises the Government for its failure to include the pledge

and preamble in the current review of the Australian Citizenship

Act 1948 by the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, even

though these are crucial and important symbolic parts of the

Act; and

(d) urges the Government, it if wishes the review of the Act to be

taken seriously, as the occasion demands, to include

considerationof the pledge and the preamble.

General Business concluded.