Chapter 1

Chapter 1


Referral of the bill

1.1        On 3 December 2014, the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, on behalf of the Minister for Defence, introduced the Defence Legislation Amendment (Military Justice Enhancements—Inspector-General ADF) Bill 2014 (the bill).[1] On 4 December 2014, on the recommendation of the Selection of Bills Committee, the bill was referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 3 March 2015.[2]

Purposes of the bill

1.2        The Inspector-General Australian Defence Force (ADF) was established by the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) in 2003 to provide a means for internal audit and review of the military justice system independent of the chain of command.[3] The Inspector-General ADF was made a statutory position in 2005.[4] The bill amends the Defence Act 1903 (Defence Act) to broaden the role of Inspector-General ADF as part of wider reforms to Defence's systems of inquiry, investigation, review and audit.

1.3        The Minister's second reading speech states that the bill:

Conduct of inquiry

1.4        The committee advertised the inquiry in The Australian newspaper and on its website. The committee also wrote to individuals and organisations likely to have an interest in the bill, drawing their attention to the inquiry and inviting them to make written submissions.

1.5        The committee received 8 submissions to the inquiry, with one received as a confidential submission. Public submissions are listed at Appendix 1, and are available on the committee's website:

Structure of report

1.6        Chapter 2 provides an overview of the provisions of the bill. Chapter 3 outlines issues raised in submissions and contains the committee's view and recommendations.


1.7        The committee thanks all those who assisted with the inquiry, including by making submissions.

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