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Wednesday, 28 February 1973
Page: 33

Mr THORBURN (COOK, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Immigration: In the new citizenship oath or affirmation is it proposed to include the words renouncing all other allegiance'?

Mr GRASSBY (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Immigration) - It is proposed that in the new oath the words 'renouncing all other allegiances' be dropped because they have no legal effect. They cause emotional disturbance to people who are required to mouth them in a meaningless way because they have no legal effect. Therefore it is proposed in future not to impose something which is empty and yet emotionally harmful on prospective new citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia. So the words will be dropped if the present proposals are generally accepted, as I hope they will be.

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