Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 12
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Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 12


thank you I call Christopher pink thank you madam Speaker it’s a pleasure to rise and take a call on the Military Justice legislation amendment bill is a former member of the New Zealand Defence Force former lawyer and now a national member of parliament what could be more exciting than to combine all those interests and speaking to this bill that was of course introduced to the House by the previous defence minister and I acknowledge him along with the current defence minister for the shipping of the legislation thus far and look forward with interest to the next stages of that madam Speaker I wish to address the notion of balance it seems to me that the bill while potentially with possible improvements we made at the Select Committee stage we should always allow ourselves that possibility it does seem to me to provide some welcome balance in a couple of key areas the first is between military and civilian jurisdictions the balance being the alignment of those two are to the extent it’s appropriate in previous speakers have made mention of there already so I won’t labour that point any further similarly a balance between the rights of victims in offenders literally in any justice system criminal or otherwise balance between the rights of the parties involved is crucially important in relation to victims it’s really been well noted and by a previous member who spoke that it should not make any difference to a victim with a an offense or an alleged offense took place within the military context or not so it seems to me sensible to protect the rights of him or her to have the kind of changes that this bill will be making similarly but on the other side of the coin in relation to offenders and balance is somewhat restored between the traditional notions of onus of proof and if anything actually if I may make a side note madam Speaker it seems quite telling actually that we’ve had this anomaly on our statute book for some time and it has not been raised it’s not something that I was aware of and perhaps that’s a tribute to the sense of military discipline that our forces have that they haven’t raised that before now balance to between tradition in new ways acknowledge the previous speaker for very interesting treatise on the historical aspects of military law it seems to me that some balance is needed to acknowledge the tradition and to respect their as far as it’s appropriate but also to recognize that new ways are appropriate even in a in institution as traditionally focused as the defense force sometimes is and finally Menace speaker balance between the separateness in the togetherness between the worlds of the defence force which in some ways is often physically suppressed but also recognizes that it is part of broader New Zealand society so again it seems to me that the aims of the bill and indeed its provisions are very suitable in that regard finally please allow me men and speaker to acknowledge the members of the Defence Force and those who serve here in overseas and I hope that this amendment will find favor with them and I look forward to hearing their contributions and indeed those of others in the house and other submitters at the Select Committee process in doing so I come in the bill to the house I call Greg O’Connor madam Speaker

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