Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 6

Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 6

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cutter madam Speaker I called fender Bolin thank you madam Speaker it’s a pleasure to rise to talk about the military justice legislation amendment bill and I would also like to commend the former minister the Honorable Mark Mitchell for bringing this bill forward initially in August and the now Minister of Defense Honorable Ron mark for continuing with that this is essentially an update to the system and we’ve heard a lot about some of those aspects within the system that need to be amended and I can certainly say although not having appeared in front of the system because madam Speaker I was always a very well-behaved soldier I did not have the opportunity to appear in front of this I can certainly appreciate the need to update it really the key points that I want to touch on here are about enhancing victim rights that’s a big one especially given the service that the members of our Defense Force commit to their country they absolutely should have comparable rights to civilians civilian victims in particular in this is a great way to amend that and bring it into line also I appreciate the change to move to a system where they are innocent until proven guilty this is another key aspect that aligns with the civilian system that as well overdue quite frankly and especially we’re looking at the ability to stand trial as well another aspect of that in particular members of the Defense Force who may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder this is a often unique situation that’s encountered in the Defense Forces that is not so prevalent in the civilian situation so really we’re looking at just bringing this more closely aligned to the civilian process and although there are clearly some unique situations that are not encountered in the civilian setting that are encountered in a military setting it’s important to have a lot of similarities in their space in so I commend the bill to the house on that basis and I just like to finish by acknowledging of course the fantastic work done by those members of New Zealand and other countries who serve our defence forces here and afield thank you I call go Ray’s government madam Speaker

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