Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2008

Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
In further response to certain recommendations of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee's report into the effectiveness of Australia's military justice system, the bill amends the
Defence Act 1903
Defence Force Discipline Act 1982
Defence Force Discipline Appeals Act 1955
  to redesign summary discipline procedures to include: an automatic right of appeal from a summary authority to a single Military Judge of the Australian Military Court (AMC); the right to elect trial by a Military Judge of the AMC for most disciplinary offences; simplified rules of evidence; a form of review for technical errors related to the awarding of punishments and orders; simplification of offences and punishments; and changed jurisdictions of Superior Summary Authorities and Discipline Officers. 

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House of Representatives
20 Feb 2008Introduced and read a first time
20 Feb 2008Second reading moved
11 Mar 2008Referred to Main Committee
12 Mar 2008Second reading debate
12 Mar 2008Second reading agreed to
12 Mar 2008Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 14 Government amendments agreed to
12 Mar 2008Reported from Main Committee
12 Mar 2008Third reading agreed to
13 Mar 2008Introduced and read a first time
13 Mar 2008Second reading moved
13 Mar 2008Second reading debate
13 Mar 2008Second reading agreed to
13 Mar 2008Third reading agreed to

20 Mar 2008Assent

Act no.: 6

Year: 2008

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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