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Code (Cth) s 135.1(1)
Member was accused of destroying vouchers, knowing
that the vouchers may have been required as evidence
in a judicial proceeding, with the intention of preventing
those vouchers from being used as evidence.
Member was also accused of dishonestly obtaining gains
from the Commonwealth, to the total value of $83.70, by
misusing vouchers allocated to Defence.
Member pleaded guilty to the charges and was found
guilty of the charges.
Member was reduced by two ranks.
All Court Martial and Defence Force Magistrate trial results
are subject to command review and appeal. The results are
of trials across the ADF.
June trial results
THE Army will expand its role in
assisting states responding to terrorist
incidents under changes being made
by the government.
The overhaul will make it easier for
Defence to work together with federal,
state and territory police in the event of
a terrorist incident.
To stay ahead of the evolving threat
of terrorism, the government reviewed
Defence's support to domestic coun-
ter-terrorism arrangements to ensure
Australia has a coordinated and inte-
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
and Defence Minister Marise Payne
said in a joint statement that state and
territory police forces remained the
best first response to terrorist incidents,
immediately after an attack starts.
"But Defence can offer more sup-
port to states and territories to enhance
their capabilities and increase their
understanding of Defence's unique
capabilities to ensure a comprehensive
response to potential terrorist attacks,"
the statement said.
Under the changes:
Defence will offer state and ter-
ritory governments specialised
training from Special Forces for
select law enforcement teams;
this strengthening of engagement
will assist with pre-positioning of
the ADF in response to a possible
terrorist incident; and,
the government will strengthen
Part IIIAAA of the Defence Act
to remove some constraints in the
provisions to "call out" the ADF
to assist states and territories.
This will include the removal of the
provision that currently limits states
and territories from asking for ADF
support and specialist military skills
until their capability or capacity has
been exceeded. The government will
also make changes to the Act to make it
easier for Defence to support the police
July 27, 2017
response, such as the ability to prevent
suspected terrorists from leaving the
scene of an incident.
These measures are intended to pro-
vide increased Commonwealth support
to states and territories in their role as
first responders to a domestic terrorist
incident. In particular these measures
better support states and territories
in preparing for terrorist incidents;
enable a more comprehensive
ADF response to a terrorist inci-
dent if required; and,
improve information flow
between the ADF and police dur-
ing an incident.
The statement said the measures
would improve the nation's ability to
respond to terrorism as well as improve
the effectiveness of Defence's contri-
bution to domestic counter-terrorism
"The changes will be made in part-
nership with state and territory govern-
ments," the statement said.
The government's number one pri-
ority is keeping Australians safe.
"We cannot afford to take a 'set and
forget' mentality on national security.
We must constantly review and update
our responses to the threat of terrorism.
"It is essential that Australia evolves
its responses and counter-measures
in response to the changing threat.
Defence must be able to contribute
effectively to domestic counter-terror-
ism efforts, in addition to its offshore
counter-terrorism missions and regional
The fight against terror
Government flags new processes in fighting domestic terrorism
Cpl Max Bree
AS DAESH'S forces are driven
from the Iraqi city of Mosul and
forced into scattered areas, CJOPS
VAdm David Johnston believes
our role in Iraq will remain the
same for now.
"It will all depend on how
quickly the Iraqi government wants
to move on those other pockets of
Daesh resistance," he said.
"With Mosul being recovered by
the Iraqi security forces, I think gen-
erally there will need to be a period
of reconstitution for the Iraqi forces.
Their force has been fighting hard
for a number of years now."
With the Iraqi security forces
losing about 1000 dead and 6000
wounded, CJOPS said the ADF's
trainers, Air Task Group and special
operations element would stay in
place for now.
"There is still significant work
to occur in that country, the pace by
which the Iraqi forces can move will
be determined by how quickly they
can reconstitute," he said.
"I expect our current contribu-
tion to be there well through the end
of the year in its current format and
potentially into next year."
CJOPS made the remarks at a
media briefing in Canberra on July 7
where he gave updates on the contri-
bution the ADF played in the battle
of Mosul to date.
Australian Joint Terminal Attack
Controllers assisted in 1355 strikes
since the start of the Mosul offen-
sive, largely in direct support of
counter-terrorism ground operations.
They have also provided medical
assistance to Iraqi counter-terrorism
forces wounded in action.
Task Group Taji has trained more
than 24,000 personnel.
In light of Defence's acquisition
of CBRN protective equipment,
CJOPS spoke of a recent chemical
weapons incident in Iraq.
"Some Australians were involved
in decontamination of Iraqi security
forces that were exposed to some
chemical material," he said.
"We haven't been directly threat-
ened ourselves; we've got the capa-
bility and are well suited to be able
to look after ourselves.
"Balancing various threats,
including chemical weapons, is an
area that constantly engages us and
we're well placed to manage it.
"In the medium-term I think Iraq
will remain our focus as there will
be ongoing support to Iraqi ground
forces by the coalition.
"That will evolve as those
forces are increasingly successful
at removing those remaining Daesh
Committed to Iraq
Soldiers from Socomd conduct a counter-
terrorism capability display in front
of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull at Holsworthy Barracks, Sydney.
Specialist training will be utilised
domestically under recent counter-
Photo: Cpl Steve Duncan
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