Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006

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Constitutional Ammendment (Pledge of Loyalty) Act 2006
Parliament of New South Wales
An Act to amend the Constitution Act 1902 to require Members of Parliament and Ministers to take a pledge of loyalty to Australia and to the people of New South Wales instead of swearing allegiance to the Queen, and to revise the oaths taken by Executive Councillors.
Enacted by Iemma Government
Date of Royal Assent 3 April 2006
Date commenced3 April 2006
Status: Repealed


The Constitution Amendment (Pledge of Loyalty) Act 2006 No 6, [1] was an Act to amend the Constitution Act 1902 to require Members of the New South Wales Parliament and its Ministers to take a pledge of loyalty to Australia and to the people of New South Wales instead of swearing allegiance to the Queen her heirs and successors, and to revise the oaths taken by Executive Councillors. The Act was assented to by the Queen on 3 April 2006.

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Enactments

In the lead-up to the 2010 federal election, Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard stated her view that it would be appropriate for Australia to become a republic [2] only once Queen Elizabeth II's reign ends. [3] In 2006 the NSW parliament, the oldest and most senior of the Australian States, passed an Act to remove requirements for members of their Legislative Council and Executive Council to pledge allegiance to the Queen her heirs and successors. The oath was replaced with an oath of loyalty to Australia and to the people of New South Wales.

Legislative Council

Executive Council

Attempted repeal

On 5 June 2012, the Constitution Amendment (Restoration of Oaths of Allegiance) Act 2012 No 33 [4] overruled the Constitution Amendment (Pledge of Loyalty) Act 2006 No 6. However, although the Act was consolidated as in force on 5 June 2012, this Act expired on 6 June 2012.[ citation needed ]

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References

  1. http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/num_act/caola2006n6460.pdf
  2. Jacob Saulwick (17 August 2010). "Once Queen goes, let's have a republic: Gillard". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. "Australia's Gillard backs republic after Queen's death". BBC World. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  4. http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/bills/docref/5a4ba5ae-dcd3-cc85-f210-d8c58d44b5f6