Oaths and Affirmations of Public Office

Section 42: Oath ‘directory and not absolute’ In September 1901, Attorney-General, Alfred Deakin, advised that, in his opinion, the direction in section 42 of the Constitution, that a member of the federal Parliament ‘shall before taking his seat make and subscribe’ the oath of allegiance, was ‘directory and not absolute’ in the sense that ‘neglect of the requirement does not invalidate what is done afterwards’.” (see Attorney-General’s Department, Opinions of the Attorneys-General of the Commonwealth of Australia: volume 1, 1901-1914 … Continue reading Oaths and Affirmations of Public Office
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