09 September 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Senate to debate Australian military justice bill today

CANBERRA -- Thursday, 10 September 2009 0842 hours Australian Eastern Time

The Senate in the Australian Parliament is due to hold debate on Defence Minister, Senator John Faulkner's (ALP-NSW) bill regarding the military justice system which was introduced yesterday (9 Sept 2009 in Australia). The debate on Military Justice (Interim Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2009 and Military Justice (Interim Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2009 is expected to take place at approximately 0930 Australian Eastern Time today (1930 hours U.S. Eastern Time on 9 September/1630 U.S. Pacific Time). One of Faulkner's senior advisers informed me about the debate this morning during a telephone conversation.

Today's Senate Order of Business, which can be found here, indicates that the first order business in the "Government business - orders of the day" will be the military justice legislation bill (refer to page 3 of Order of Business). Given past patterns of Senate procedure, I suspect that the bill won't come up for debate until about 1030 hours this morning or shortly thereafter (2030 hours US Eastern Time/1730 hours US Pacific Time on 9 September).

According to sources in Parliament the bill is expected to overwhelmingly pass.

Here are live video and audio links to this mornings Senate debate -- link to high resolution and link to low resolution and for just audio go here.

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