Jacqui Lambi, the vocal Tasmania senator, published a wrong oath video on Internet for Australia Day. The video was posted to incite the Australians with the spirit of patriotism, but things went a bit bizarre after she referred to the Citizen’s Pledge or the Oath of Commitment as the Oath of Allegiance.
Dressed in a sequined top featuring the Australian flag, a white and blue head dress and a headband with the Australian flag on it, Lambi addressed the nation through the video by reciting the familiar lines.
“Let’s celebrate Australia Day and say with pride our Oath of Allegiance,” the Yahoo News quoted her as saying in the video. “From this time forward under god, I’ll pledge my loyalty to Australia and its peoples, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights (sic) liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey.”
After she recited the line she added, “Remember, if you don’t like our laws, equality for all including women, gay and indigenous people, there are plenty of other countries to choose from.”
However, the lines recited by the senator were taken from the Oath of Commitment or the Citizen’s Pledge and not from the Oath of Allegiance as she mentioned in the video. The Citizen’s Pledge is read by those receiving the Australian citizenship while the Oath of Allegiance is read out by politicians before taking office.
The Oath of Allegiance states, “I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Victoria (now Elizabeth the Second), Her heirs and successors according to law. So help me God!”
The news.com.au reported that the video attracted a number of comments on her Facebook page.
One of the comments read, “Lol can’t even get this right!!! Australia doesn’t have an “Oath of Allegiance”…..that’s the Citizen’s Pledge or Oath of Commitment, which people say when they become citizens of Australia … unbelievable how you could bugger this up!!!”