Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill – Second Reading – Video 10
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Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill – Second Reading – Video 10


thank you I am stainless as a split call list Craig Hartman thank you madam Speaker it’s a pleasure to take a call on this bill and well it’s actually quite a non-controversial bill I think it’s really really important in terms of what it does for those serving in the armed forces because what it does is it makes sure that the victims of serious offenses of a sexual or violent nature get the same rights as they would in the civilian justice system and that’s absolutely crucial because I think experiencing these things as a victim is the same wherever you are in terms of your workplace and one of the rights the right to be consulted on the accused released from bail is actually in the military justice system already but there’s a whole lot of other things we’ve talked about tonight that actually aren’t and so what this bill does is it adds a whole new lot of things and rights for victims and it adds a new section to the Armed Forces disciplinary acts 1971 and while the onus is still on the director of military prosecution’s to consult the victim when they’re talking about whether the offender should be released on bail it adds a whole lot of other things in terms of informing those victims and keeping them in touch with what’s happening with the process and I think some of the important ones are actually informing the victim if the accused or the offender is indeed released on bail because I think that has a whole lot of safety and security issues for those victims and if they are released it also informing the victim if there’s any conditions about the release that has to do with the safety of them or their family and in particular things like any conditions about the accused not actually contacting them or members of their family and also if the offender does breach these conditions making sure that the victims aware of that Plus also if the accused is escapes or and the offender dies in custody being aware of those things is crucially important because I think what research suggests is that if you’re a victim of a violent crime then you experience further trauma if you’re not kept fully informed and up-to-date with what’s happening and taken through the process about what’s happening now and why but in contrast if you are informed if your views are taken to account you’re consulted it can have a significant theory peuta can fix for the victim and also can help with their recovery and I think it’s also got other spillover effects because if other people who are thinking about potentially stepping forward with their own experiences see other victims having good experiences and Timms have been kept up to date and knowing what’s going on they may be more likely to actually step up themselves and engage in a process and I think some of this is you know the culture change I think when the National Council a woman submitted and support of this bill they were thinking about some of those effects in terms of what’s happening in our military system at the moment so just to sum up I think ensuring the victims of serious crimes received the same rights in the military as they do in the civilian courts is really really crucial because it will ensure better outcomes for the victims and our armed forces and so I therefore commend this bill to the house we can call Matt King it’s a real pleasure to speak on the military justice legislation amendment bill

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