AWPR Submission: Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020

On October 15 AWPR President, Paul Barratt AO made a submission in relation to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020.

In summary, AWPR have the following concerns about the Bill as it stands:

• We would not wish to see the normalisation of military responses to civilian emergencies such asnatural disasters and large-scale accidents• We consider that the calling out of Reserves will add only marginally to the capacity of theDefence Force to give Defence Assistance to the Civil Community (DACC), especially …