This paper examines the varied issues raised by the Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance Bill 2011.
On 11 November 2011 the Constitution Amendment (Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance) Bill 2011 [the Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance Bill] was introduced in the Legislative Council, sponsored by the Reverend the Hon Fred Nile. The Second Reading speech for the Bill explained:
- The object of the bill is to amend the Constitution Act 1902 to give a member of the Legislative Council, the Legislative Assembly or the Executive Council the option of taking or making an oath or affirmation of allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors as an alternative to the pledge of loyalty to Australia and the people of New South Wales. Taking the pledge of loyalty is currently required before a member of Parliament can sit or vote and before a member of the Executive Council can assume office.