Let’s Talk: What should our new Oath of Allegiance say? 100



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It’s expected Tony Abbott will announce today that terrorist sympathisers will lose their Australian citizenship. Another feature of the bill, which was approved by Cabinet last night, is the re-wording of the Australian Oath of Allegiance.

According to the Daily Telegraph, a draft of the citizenship pledge will be put to the public before any changes are made.

An Oath of Citizenship is taken by immigrants as part of the citizenship ceremony that officially naturalises immigrants into citizens. It is designed to be a statement of loyalty and patriotism to the new country. The Australian Oath currently reads:

From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect,
and whose laws I will uphold and obey.

While the reason for the update is pretty grim, it’s a good opportunity to take a look at this important piece of the citizenship process and make sure it is worded correctly.

Collingwood footy legend Tony Shaw offered this new and improved oath on 3AW radio:

I make a solemn oath that for the honour of being an Australian citizen, I agree under to live under Australian laws and acknowledge the Australian democratic way of life.
Regardless of my ancestral background, and the racial or religious beliefs I hold, I will adhere to the laws of this country.
I commit to teaching these laws to my children and those that follow.
I will always respect the flag, the constitution and freedom afforded to me by making this commitment.
If I, or any members of my family, fail to live under these ideals you have every right to put me on the first boat or plane and return me to my country of origin.
Advance Australia fair.

We wonder if the new version should include that classic Aussie expression “my bloody oath” but we want to know what you think.

Does the Australian Oath of Allegiance need updating and, if so, what should it say?

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  1. I like Tony Shaw’s new improved oath. It’s very plain and simple English that no one could misinterpret.

  2. Whatever it is, people should have to be filmed repeating it at least three times. These “mass citizenship” shows should be stopped and people obtain citizenship individually. Three strikes and you’re out would be good too.

  3. I think they should b made to take an oath that no more mosques r going to b built and to respect our ways and our flag

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    • how about we just legislate no more religion? you would not to discriminate against someone else religious beliefs, I am sure

    • I think it is about time when these people want to become Australian Citizens they should believe what they r promising including being loyal to our flag

    • if you open the door for something like that Margaret you never what some Govenment somewhere down the line will bolt through it and ban your religeon

    • Yes l dont mind what religion people r but please dont use it for killing innocent people u r after all supposed to believe in the bible remember THOU SHALT NOT KILL

    • Muslim need their mosques, others their temples and churches, all part of freedom of religion. I must admit to having grave misgivings about any religious schools Jewish, Islamic, Christian or any other.

  4. I was just reading that 6 Cabinet Ministers how stood up against people being made Stateless.. Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, Foreign Affairs Minister and deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop, Attorney-General George Brandis, Agriculture Minister and deputy Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, Education Minister Christopher Pyne and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. So I am not sure if removing their Australian Citizenship will pass..time will tell

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  5. If it has to be changed then something along the lines of Tony Shaw’s suggestion would be fine with me. Mind you; whatever the wording of the allegiance is, it is the up holding of and willingness to obey the oath that is important.

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  6. I like Tony Shaw’s rendition, but I also believe new citizens should take the oath individually not en masse

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    • I agree also I took my oath with hundreds of others last year and I was led to believe it was a very special service I was disappointed as half the people there could not speak English and pretended to say the oath you were lined up on stage I didn’t like that I thought we would go up individually. I also caught a young Sherpa looking at his ipad during the speech by th he mayor and guess what he was looking at? guns and rifles with telescopic lenses!!! I couldn’t believe it. I also read it was a smart semi formal event and there were people in thongs and shorts !!

    • Needs to be done INDIVIDUALLY….. In English. Political Correctness must be totally abolished & everyone made to respect & understand the full implications of what they are saying.
      It should also be said at school every day at assembly & be included in social studies classes……or whatever they are called now.

  7. The oath should include , I will endeavor to learn & speak English at all times in public !!
    I’ve stopped going to those nail salons because the staff totally ignore you & jabber away in their own Asian languages . So bloody rude.
    If I went to live in one of those countries , I would endeavor to speak the language

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    • Better still, if they cannot speak English…no oath to be taken!

  8. Does it really mean that much to these people when they say it or is it just words that fall from their mouth to please the authorities. Not all… But…. A lot of the people who come here bring with them their own interpretation of the oath of allegiance a lot of them don’t even understand what it is they are saying or doing they don’t speak English and have no desire to learn it. Everybody who comes here should undertake English classes and Australian history classes before they become naturalised and if they don’t know English and our history and believe in snd want to live to its fullest our way of life then… Here’s a ticket back to your home… Bye bye!!

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    • We are Aussie citizens born and raised here we are loyal to our country it’s flag and its people. Why should we know or say the oath of allegiance! As for knowing Australian history, it’s taught in our schools both primary and secondary and my guess is that most Australians know some of our history and if they have an interest there’s plenty of information available freely. My point is Toni that those who wNt to make Australia their home should know some Australian history I’m not suggesting they become history scholars but isn’t it wise to know the country and its people and what made them who they are if you want to become a part of it. Your comment is very negative.

    • We used to have to salute our flag every morning and repeat our allegiance. Small country school but still had Aboriginal. Chinese and Italian children all doing the same thing. This was 70 years ago

    • Same here Lyn . We used to have assembly and sing the national anthem while the flag went up the pole. That was in Hobart about 60 years ago.

    • We used to do that too in primary and secondary school and that was just under 50 yrs ago. Maybe they should do it today.

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