Family bible used at Senator’s swearing in

September 7, 2008

Inverell-based Nationals Senator for NSW John Williams has been sworn  in to the Senate in Canberra.   Senator Williams chose to take the oath on a bible which has been in his family’s possession  for over 150 years.

John Williams (Nationals), Marise Payne and Helen Coonan (Liberals), Ursula Stephens, Mark Arbib and Doug Cameron (ALP). being sworn in as Senators for New South Wales.

Senator Williams was one of thirty-six sworn in last Tuesday in the presence of Governor-General  Major General Michael Jeffrey.  He is one of fifteen new Senators who took their seats after being elected last November, and will make his Maiden Speech in the Senate on Monday, September 15.  “It was a great honour to be one of six Senators sworn in to represent NSW in the Federal Parliament,” Senator williams said.

There were 36 Senators from across the country sworn in on Tuesday.  “As I have said previously, it is disappointing that of the 15 new Senators from across ustralia, I am the only one from the country,” he said.  “My duty is to do my utmost to ensure the Senate does not pass legislation which may be detrimental to country people. 

"As I expected, the first week has been a huge learning curve. I will be working with my Nationals colleagues to do our best for country people.  “With Senate numbers very tight, it is vitally important to keep a very close eye on all legislation which comes before us,” Senator Williams said.