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Act 1, 1974 (I) – Act expanding Act I (Class 2) 1972 anent Resigned Ministers. 21st May 1974.

The General Assembly direct that in regard to a minister who has resigned a charge in the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia and wishes to be eligible to be called to a charge in the Free Church of Scotland in terms of the Federal Relations Act (No. I of Class I, 1952) procedure shall be as follows:-

(1) Within two months of his arrival in Scotland he shall present to the Presbytery within whose bounds he has taken up residence a Certificate from the Presbytery of the Australian Church which has accepted his resignation.

(2) Provided that this Certificate shows that the minister has resigned in good standing and that it is dated no more than three months prior to its presentation to a Presbytery of the Free Church of Scotland the said Presbytery may instruct the Clerk of the Assembly, by Extract Minute, to include the minister’s name in the Register of Ministers without Charge.

(3) Before a Presbytery of the Free Church of Scotland shall proceed to moderate in a Call to a minister resigned from the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia, they must receive written assurance from the Clerk of Assembly that the name of the Minister has been included in the Register in terms of the foregoing clauses.

The General Assembly further direct that a Probationer of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia who wishes to be eligible for a Call or Appointment within the Free Church of Scotland shall furnish a Certificate of his standing from the Clerk of Synod of the Australian Church to the Clerk of Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland in order to his name being included in the Register.