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seAn pArnell Superintendent Alice Springs OSD Politicians in the NT Parliament recently passed legislation repealing the Oaths Act and substituting it for the Oath, Affidavits and Declarations Act. One of the effects of this new act was at it removed the Oath of Office for Police when embarking on their solemn profession of policing. Instead of the gravitas of the old Oath of Office the NT Government has replaced it with a simple promise to do the right thing, whatever that may be. The solemn oath of member do swear... now become promise and the so help me god is omitted all together for believers and unbelievers alike. By doing so they have caused the profession of policing to take a backward step and reduced the solemn oath to a promise, no different from a promise to take the garbage out before going to bed or a childs promise to do his homework. Government of all persuasions will be the first to tell you that promises are easy to make. But when a member takes that oath of office he makes a solemn oath before a higher power to uphold the law not just a promise to whatever maybe relative at the time and place. It would appear from the reading speech that one of the reasons for the change is that a small minority of people no longer identify themselves with a belief in god and so the majority of NT people must follow their lead. Bibles are out the window and blank bits of paper are in. Now not everyone previously swore on the bible but the oaths act allowed for that and allowed those members to make a declaration instead. Indeed even Prime Minister Gillard failed to take an oath when taking office but instead declared to do the right thing so those members were previously taken into account and not discriminated against for their non belief. Notwithstanding this I believe that the Act had dumbed down policing and belittled its important status by making it like any other job and not a profession whose members are sworn to uphold the law. Post Script: Since writing, it is understood that the Independent member for Nelson, Gerry Wood has raised similar concerns with the Bill as it stands and the Government will now look at the matter when it goes back before the Parliament. A bACkwArD step for tHe polICInG professIon Polo shirts Mens and Ladies Chambray shirts Mens and Ladies NTPA and NTPF caps Stubby Coolers, coffee mugs, ties, plaques and much more Check out our website www.ntpa.com.au or call into our office at 5 Foelsche Street Darwin ntpA GIft sHop 25Northern Territory Police News October 2010 oaths

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