New military justice legislation has been introduced in Australia. Click here for a link to the Defense Legislation (Enhancement of Military Justice) Bill 2015. The website summarizes the measure as follows:
Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 to clarify the character and status of service convictions for Commonwealth purposes; remove provisions in respect of the trial of offences under the law prior to the Act; create services offences of ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm’ and ‘unauthorised use of a Commonwealth credit card’; clarify the elements of the service offence of ‘commanding or ordering a service offence to be committed’; replace the power to issue recognisance release orders with a system of fixing non-parole periods; replace dollar amounts as maximum fines with a penalty units system; and make technical amendments;
Defence Act 1903 and Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 to recognise the office of the Director of Defence Counsel Services; and
Military Justice (Interim Measures) Act (No. 1) 2009 to extend the appointment, remuneration and entitlement arrangements of the current Chief Judge Advocate and the full-time Judge Advocate.Thanks for barrister Commander Chris Griggs, RNZN (Ret) for the reference.