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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2887

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - I rise, having returned after feeling shut out of the earlier part of this debate, to come back to a matter which I raised yesterday. It has 2 parts. One is the oath of allegiance and the other is the form of oath which a judge of the Family Court should take. I welcome what the Attorney-General has done in introducing his amendment to provide that there should be an oath of allegiance and I will support that amendment. But I also believe that the oath of office which a judge should take should be in the accustomed form- that he will well and truly serve, after swearing allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen. I do not know why that was left out and I will persist with the amendment which 1 introduced yesterday and which has not yet been voted upon. I hope therefore that the Attorney-General's amendment will be supported and that the amendment which I moved yesterday will be supported. I hope that this is one issue on which the Senate will be prepared to accept that the traditional form of oath is a reasonable one.

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