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Military Justice reform now [Senator] Hill's responsibility.

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Senator Steve Hutchins Senator for New South Wales

16 June 2005

Military Justice Reform Now Hill's Responsibility

The release of the unanimous Senate report into military justice places responsibility for

implementing root and branch reform of the military justice system squarely on the

Government and Minister Hill.

The bipartisan committee is of the firm view that the system is broke and needs fixing.

After a decade of inertia and rolling inquires, the report draws a line in the sand.

"Today's report outlines the miliary justice system our soldiers, sailors and airmen and

women deserve" Senator Hutchins said.

Key Recommendations include:

• Transferring control of criminal investigations to civilian police;

• Establishing a military division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

• Establishing a permanent military court in place of court martials and defence

force magistrate trials.

"We heard evidence from cadets to generals, and every rank in between. From former

SAS soldiers, senior officers like LT COL Collins and the bereaved families of service

personnel, no one believes that piecemeal reform is adequate.

"With the Government Senators agreeing with the committee, the strong words of the

report must now be acted upon by Minister Hill" Senator Hutchins concluded.

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