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Both Houses of the Parliament.

Several of the provisions under this head have been already considered.

By section 42 every member must complete his title by making and subscribing an oath or affirmation of allegiance in the form set out in the schedule to the Constitution.

By section 47 any question respecting the qualifications of members, or respecting a vacancy in either House, and any question of a disputed election, is determined by the House in which the question arises. The Parliament may, however, provide otherwise. By section 48 the members of each House receive an allowance of £400 a year, to be reckoned from the day on which they take their seats. In all the States members of the Lower House are paid a salary,note “allowances,” or “re-imbursement of expenses” varying from £100 to £300 per annum with railway passes and other privileges. Only in South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia are members of the Legislative Council paid a salary, but they have in all the States the same privileges of travelling as members of the Lower House. The payment of members of the Commonwealth Parliament is under no constitutional guarantee: the Parliament may abolish it or alter the amount.




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