Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 4

Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 4

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madam Speaker I commend this bill to the house madam Speaker pleased to take a call on this Military Justice legislation amendment bill and can I begin by acknowledging them in the women of our armed services and for the roles that they undertake to protect and enhance the realm can I acknowledge to the minister of defense obviously in his new role and for being the minister to take this through but to also acknowledge his thanks to the Honorable Mark Mitchell who is the originator of this bill and originally introduced it just before the election most of the members already speaking have well articulated what this bill is seeking to do it’s aligning where appropriate military justice with the civil criminal codes but I think importantly keeping some separation as well and the minister’s address he outlined why those separations are important and I think the one that people are at this point particularly focused on was a whole area of victims rights and that is important but I think also it’s enhancing rights within the system itself and those accused importantly around where the onus of proof is so as the chair of that committee I’m very much looking forward to this bill coming to us that we can actually tease it out in select committee I assume with the end of the year coming so speedily that’ll be in the new year but we look forward to engaging with the public the military of course in particular to work through this bill and return it to the house and good order thank you for your attention thank you to give me media quick

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