Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill – Third Reading – Video 4

Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill – Third Reading – Video 4

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like my colleagues I support them I call in McKelvey Thank You mr. speaker give me a great deal pleasure to speak on the military justice legislation amendment bill and I suppose you could say I’ve been parachuted in from left field to some extent because I’ve certainly played no part in the earlier discussions discussions on the stump on this bill but but and given the the the speeches of the legal and and military heavyweights sort of preceded me I’ll deal with a few different issues that I think are very relevant to the bill I was a bigot and I want to please think I commend that ministers the three of them that have brought this bill to the house now all the two previous ones on them and the current one I also want to speak briefly about the Foreign Affairs and defense committee and Select Committee under the leadership of Simon O’Connor of which I’ve been no pattern a you can’t blame her for not wanting me to be part of our Foreign Affairs discussion and the speaker that I think I get to speak on this bill because I do have three of the major defenses for spaces in my rangatahi electorate and I’m extremely proud of it in Linnton Oaxaca and other wiry military bases I also as from the weekend on will be able to lob a ball onto the rakia base from my bed I won’t take that chance because they’re pretty alert so I won’t be doing that but I do live very close to the hockey base I think that I also incidentally was called up so I’d be one of the very few people in this house that might have ever been called up and when you see me walk you’ll see why I never completed their service and mr. speaker the the men and woman that joint out of fence forces join up knowing full well what they’re going into I would think a hundred years ago you could very well say they didn’t understand fully what they were going into and certainly didn’t expect to end up where they ended up and so you can see why military justice law and those days was very different than it needs to be now and so this piece of legislation really brings I guess the military justice system into line with the rest of our justice system with our criminal justice system and it also enables members of the Defense Forces to be treated in the same manner whether they’re in the Defense Force military justice system or or in the criminal justice system and I want to make the point here that this bill doesn’t prefer to mess I guess just respect or or mass criminal offending and the Defense Forces of it’s very really will be very really used and when when you live where I live like all other young men and woman from time to time they fall foul of some sort of legislation on a Friday night and they’re never to be a pin appear in the civil justice and our justice system the normal justice system so there are a number of cases now whether we’re members of our Defense Forces do appear in that in their normal justice system but there are specific areas with a heaven tin the past and and one of the two of the things that I think are very important in this case is that that they used to be no way that some of these crimes would ever appear on these service people’s records and when I say some of the very that’s very rear as well but it could be that you could come in a really reasonably serious crime the Defense Forces that would not appear on your record in the future and I think I think at the end the day for a community safety perspective and and the safety of our people that’s necessary that those people are treated in the same manner whether they’re in the defense force were outside the defence force so I think this bill as has been said before me it does a pretty good job at tidies up an area that has been historically untidy it aligns the defense force some legal justice system would with the criminal justice system it protects victims rights and and and and ensures that they’re treated the same way whether they’re in the Defense Forces or out and as I think all three speakers have mentioned the reverse was the onus of proof and that’s an issue that’s been much discussed on the Parliament on the time I’ve been here whether it’s in this bill or whether it’s an other bills we’ve dealt with and it’s been I don’t think ever of firm conclusions been come on to come to as to the best way obviously the courts of ruled on this but I don’t know whether there are firm conclusions ever become to as to what the best way of doing that is but nonetheless standardized it so Mr Speaker I want to congratulate the people that bought this bill to the house are fully supportive and and I also want to make the point once again that I think the men and woman who join our defense forces are a huge credit to us and and they go all over the world it’s significant risks for themselves and and and they whilst I think that that our defense forces have changed I guess the way they operate internationally it’s a huge credit to them that they can go out there and all those dangerous places do what they do in the form of perhaps what we now have might term peacekeeping rather than what we used to Tim are going to war effectively nonetheless the same risks apply to them so they’re under pressure all the time and I think to bring them back here to New Zealand and they need to be treated as as long as I guess they’re heroes they are because they are special people so to speak up I’ve got no problem committing this bill to the house and I’m sure it will go through to its conclusion with unanimous support dangerously I call prayer and terror writer Christmas Thank You mr. Speaker I rise

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