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oath of allegiance
A declaration of loyalty to the Queen which the Constitution requires a member of parliament to make before taking a seat in Parliament; an affirmation of allegiance may be made instead, but unlike the oath does not include the name of God.
opposition
The largest party or coalition of parties that does not have the support of the majority of members in the House of Representatives.
order
The correct, or proper, conduct in parliamentary meetings.
Order of Business
(see also Daily Program)
The daily agenda showing business to be dealt with in the Senate on that day, known as the ‘Red’.

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