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Friday, 27 October 1905

Senator MATHESON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Arising out of that reply, I desire to ask whether the Minister seriously intends the Senate to understand that a policeman takes an oath to serve the State, and may be asked to take a separate oath to serve the Commonwealth? In other words, is it not a fact that he takes an oath in either case to serve the King, and under these circumstances how does any question of serving two masters arise in connexion with the oath?

Senator PLAYFORD - I ask the honorable senator to give notice of that question.

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