"I, ANTHONY JOHN ABBOTT, do swear that I will well and truly serve the people of Australia in the office of prime minister and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. So help me God!''
So swore the Prime Minister of Australia, the former and foundation Executive Director, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP. (We are publishing the text of the Oath here on the suggestion of Councillor Peter Cavanagh, a great ACM supporter.)
The Oath of Office for The Queen's Ministers of State now correctly reflects the constitutional position which was approved by the people and affirmed by them in the 1999 landslide.
ACM warmly congratulates Mr. Abbott for the propriety of his decision to advice the Governor-General on the correct Oath of Office.
Paul Keating, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd (again) regretfully removed any reference to the allegiance they all owe to their sovereign and which they swore whenever they took their seats. It is difficult to understand what they thought they would achieve by this, apart from enjoying the approval of the small number of obsessed individuals who hate the Australian Crown.
This playing around with the Oath in no way changed their allegiance, nor did it change the constitution. In fact it indicated that they did not approve of the people's refusal in 1999 to endorse the politicians' republic, not the position which should be adopted in our democracy.
When they received the great honour of being invited by the Governor-General to form a government on the basis of their parliamentary support which reflected the votes of the people, they should have reflected on one fact.
This is that all of the great leaders of the Australian Labor Party not only swore allegiance, they meant it as they all supported our constitutional monarchy or, if you will, our crowned republic.