Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 2

Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 2

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I call the Honourable Mac Mitchell thank you madam Speaker it’s a it’s a pleasure to take a call on this the military justice legislation and meaning bill in its start and its first reading and it’s pleased to say I’m very happy and pleased to see that the government is has brought this bill back into the house so quickly I want to acknowledge all the officials that worked on this building wasn’t literally a lot of blood sweat and tears that went into it it’s a very comprehensive and and well-written piece of legislation madam chair one of the most important of these significant improvements that have been made to the bill as around the incorporation into the military justice system of victims rights under part three of the victims Rights Act 2002 I’m going to come to that a little bit later just before I finish but this will ensure that victims have specified offenses have rights and protections and the military justice system that are equivalent to those that they’ll receive and the civilian system and of course this has been the primary objective as of this piece of legislation is to get our military in our civilian justice systems a lot more aligned the bill also repeals a provision of the Armed Forces disagree act 1971 that replaces the onus of proof for the fence of a specific charge on to the accused this brings military proceedings into line with those in civilian courts and the bill also means some he speaks of the procedure of the court-martial of new zealand’s such as aligning provisions relating to fitness sustained trial with the Criminal Procedure the mentally impaired persons Act 2003 and allowing the process for objecting to end substituting military members of the court-martial just very briefly madam chair because I’m aware that we’re taking shorter calls today as I want to refer very quickly to new section 1 9 8 K provides that the director must give a victim notice of one the offenders impending team for your permanent release from custody or the accused or defenders escape from or death in custody and new section 1a not 1 9 8 l a breach of the accuser of the fender of any terms or conditions of release that like to the safety or security of the victim or the victim’s immediate family or the or that required the accused to order for the offender not to associate with or not to contact the victim or many any member of the victims immediate family these men appear fundamentally important for victims own feeling of safety and well-being when they’re being especially when they’re being the victim of a violent or a sexual attack or an offense of that nature that the them and the families are actually able to have the security in terms of knowing that they’re protected by the more from that offender thank you madam chair I call dr. Duncan Weber thank you madam Speaker

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