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Thursday, 29 June 2000
Page: 15960

Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (10:04 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows—

In accordance with the Government's intentions to introduce flexible employment practices for members of the Australian Defence Force, the Defence Legislation Amendment (Flexible Career Practices) Bill 2000 amends Defence legislation to:

· extend the Limited-Tenure Promotion scheme to the promotion of officers of the Army to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and to the promotion of officers of the Navy to the rank of Commander;

· allow the rejection of a resignation of an officer of the Army, or Navy, which is tendered during an initial minimum period of service; and

· allow members of the Army and Navy to change the nature of their appointment (in the case of officers), or enlistment (in the case of soldiers and sailors), from open-ended to fixed.

The corresponding changes to the conditions of service for members of the Air Force will be implemented by amendment of the Air Force Regulations.

These amendments are part of a strategy to develop flexible employment practices to provide Service Chiefs with an enhanced ability to shape the Defence uniformed workforce.

Ordered that further consideration of the bill be adjourned to the first day of the 2000 spring sittings, in accordance with standing order 111.