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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2545

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - My question, which is directed to the Minister assisting the Minister for Defence, relates to the reorganisation of the Defence group of departments. Does not the proposed reorganisation of these departments underline the urgent need for a uniform disciplinary code for the Services? Can the Minister inform the Senate of the cause of the delay in this long overdue uniformity? What stage has been reached in Government consideration? When can it be expected that the code will be introduced?

Senator BISHOP -The matter to which the honourable senator referred is a complicated one. The report which relates to the new Bill, which will be called the Defence (Discipline and Justices) Bill, is in its final stages prior to submission to the Minister for Defence and the Government. As the honourable senator will know from his experience, with the merging of responsibility there will be a number of important changes in regulations and laws. I am told that the report is in its final stages, and it is expected that the legislation will be introduced in the autumn session.

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