Here’s an interesting factoid that I never thought to check, until this morning.
Ever wondered why it is that, on the occasion that new MP’s, senators, cabinet ministers, and/or Prime Ministers are “sworn in”, your TV may show you moving images of the ceremony, but never the sound-in-full?
From the Australian Constitution Part IV, section 42:
Oath or affirmation of allegiance
Every senator and every member of the House of Representatives shall before taking his seat make and subscribe before the Governor‑General, or some person authorised by him, an oath or affirmation of allegiance in the form set forth in the schedule to this Constitution.
And what does that schedule to the Constitution require?
I, A.B. , do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Her heirs and successors according to law.
SO HELP ME GOD!
I, A.B. , do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Her heirs and successors according to law.
(NOTE: The name of the King or Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for the time being is to be substituted from time to time.)
Just sayin’ ….