Senator's 44 days allegiance





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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2011

When she made her oath or rather affirmation of allegiance before the Governor-General as a new Senator for Tasmania on 4 July, 2011 Lisa Singh solenly declared

"I, Lisa Singh, do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her heirs and successors according to law"

On 6 November 1999, the people of Australia including the people of Tasmanian overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to remove this provision from the constitution.

But when delivering her maiden speech forty four days later on 16 August 2011, Senator Singh said :

"...we still, in my view, have a way to go in fully declaring ourselves as the architect of our own destiny. As a former state convenor of the Australian Republican Movement, I hope that in my time in this place Australia becomes a truly independent nation with our own head of state."


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