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Defence Legislation (Enhancement of Military Justice) Bill 2015

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Reps


Amends the: Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 to: clarify the character and status of service convictions for Commonwealth purposes; remove provisions in respect of the trial of offences under the law prior to the Act; create services offences of ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm’ and ‘unauthorised use of a Commonwealth credit card’; clarify the elements of the service offence of ‘commanding or ordering a service offence to be committed’; replace the power to issue recognisance release orders with a system of fixing non-parole periods; replace dollar amounts as maximum fines with a penalty units system; and make technical amendments; Defence Act 1903 and Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 to recognise the office of the Director of Defence Counsel Services; and Military Justice (Interim Measures) Act (No. 1) 2009 to extend the appointment, remuneration and entitlement arrangements of the current Chief Judge Advocate and the full-time Judge Advocate.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 26/03/15  
Second reading moved 26/03/15  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

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