Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill – Third Reading – Video 6

Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill – Third Reading – Video 6

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Speaker I commend this bill to the house thank you I called Tom Venable Thank You mr. speaker it’s a pleasure to rise and take a call in the third reading of the Military Justice legislation amendment bill and it’s encouraging to see actually that a encouraging mood of Congeniality and support is broken out across the house this afternoon splendid and I I would like to I guess congratulate the Labor League government for their support for this bill it was originally put forward by the previous Minister of Defense the Honorable Mark Mitchell and thank him for his work in erste and subsequently the current Minister of Defense the Honorable Ryan mark for continuing this work progressing this through as a necessary piece of legislation to really update and I mean some of those aspects around both the military military justice system and how that relates to and compares with civilian system as well so there’s a couple of aspects actually I just before I delve into the detail of it want to comment on previous speaker Ian’s McKelvey’s words of support as well in terms of his reference to having three of our defense for spaces in his electorate and it’s quite a large electorate of course that he looks after and does a fantastic job of representing as a hard-working local MP and I am proud to have been able to spend some time in his electorate running around in the character building environment that is the wire military training area and many fond memories of my time yes good for your health good for there bide character building indeed nothing quite like seeing a warm car driving along the desert road in the distance when the sleet’s coming in sideways to turn in the morning on sentry duty that aside that’s right it is the reason we get out of beard yep infantry all the way anyway so covered to this particular bill now this is an update really effectively bringing into alignment some of the aspects of the Military Justice legislation is that exists for that environment and it is I think important to note that this is a unique set of circumstances and any military environment then you do need to have a separate system for military justice compared to a civilian system having said that though there are certain elements there should of course been alignment as much as possible in in this bill is bringing those a little closer together in some of those aspects in particular around the onus of proof so it’s repealing the previous provision in the Armed Forces discipline act 1971 they placed the onus of proof for defense of a specific charge onto the accused so really what we’re moving now towards is as in the civilian setting innocent until proven guilty and in layman’s terms so really it’s about a better alignment they’re recognizing that that’s the more appropriate manner in which to reflect justice through both the military system as well as the current civilian system alongside that the other key s because around victims rights and this is really important we need to be ensuring that the victims rights a place at the heart of our decisions in in any justice process actually not just this and I would encourage the Justice Minister to ensure that he does consider victims rights if he is holding another summit hopefully not at a similar cost to the last one but they decide victims rights a absolutely crucial in this environment now one of the other key aspects within this as well was around the Fitness sustained trial and in military environments there can be some incredibly confronting situations that soldiers deployed on operations can be faced with and some pretty tough stuff to comprehend they can lead to all sorts of different scenarios playing out and it’s certainly not necessarily justification for a particular offense or not but it is a recognition I think of the fact that those situations can be quite unique and quite challenging I’m so post-traumatic stress disorder we’ve seen that recognized a lot more widely in recent years than it was post-world War one and World War two although no doubt it was present in it was not understood and appreciated and supported appropriately so we have a much better grasp on some of those mental challenges around mental wellness at the moment so that I think is part of why we need to be clear around whether or not people are fit to stand trial in this situation but the key aspect here as I mentioned is modernizing these these three bills to make sure that they’re actually in alignment the Armed Forces discipline act 1971 the court-martial Act 2007 then the court martialed appeals act 1953 so if we can bring those all into alignment I’m confident we’ll have a much better outcome for our military justice system and for those that are bound by and operate within those parameters as well and I would just like to take a moment to thank all members of our Defense Forces for the incredible work that they have done throughout their tenure and those particular services whichever one it may be and for what they are doing currently and will continue to do it is an incredible job they put their lives on the line for our country they do any number of tasks that are above and beyond on a regular basis so that everyone in New Zealand can enjoy a prosperous successful life and we are also contributing to global stability which is important aspect for us as a major trade partner or major trading nation in terms of those relationships with our trade and international partners defence contribution plays a significant role especially around peacekeeping missions these days which is much more encouraging than all-out war that we did see throughout the last century on two major occasions of course so look with that I think I’d just like to finish up by thanking the current Minister the previous minister again and also the Select Committee for their work and this passed through effectively without amendment of them including the SOP put forward so really I think we’ve got a good conclusion here and I therefore commune this bill too the house thank you I called Gareth he’s a cure mr. speaking I’m a he knew how to cure ah I rise in half

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