Aussie justice system overhaul on track

Sept. 26, 2007 at 5:07 PM
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SYDNEY, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A top Australian military official says that a two-year implementation of a military justice system overhaul is on track.

The Australian Department of Defense has been implementing recommendations from a 2005 Senate Report called "The effectiveness of Australia’s Military Justice System." The chief of the Australian Defense Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, says with just more than three months left that he is pleased with the progress being made, according to Australian Department of Defense.

“Of the 30 recommendations agreed to by the Government, 22 recommendations are complete and the remaining recommendations are on track to be finished by the end of this year,” Houston said, in a statement.

“It is critical to the Australian Defense Force’s operational effectiveness and the protection of individuals and their rights that we have a strong military justice system -- one that not only underpins our discipline and command structures but also enables our personnel to work in a fair and just environment.”

Included in the recommendations are a permanent Australian Military Court independent of the Australian Defense Forces chain of command, a new joint ADF investigative unit and additional resources for defense personnel among others.

“Through these enhancements, Defense aims to deliver an impartial, rigorous and fair military justice system, through enhanced oversight, greater transparency and improved timeliness,” Houston said. “Along with the Service Chiefs, I remain committed to a fair and just military workplace and I will continue to ensure that these enhancements to the system are delivered.”

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