Oaths and Affirmations of Public Office

Were Australia to become a republic, most of the changes that would need to be made to the existing forms of other oaths or affirmations required of members of parliament and of public officers could be effected by ordinary legislation. The one exception is the oath or affirmation of allegiance presently required of members of the federal Parliament by s 42 of the federal Constitution, in the forms prescribed in the schedule to the Constitution. That schedule cannot be altered except by formal amendment of the Constitution.


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