Defence Amendment Bill

  • discharged on 11 March 2015
39 New sections 91B and 91C inserted
  • The following sections are inserted after section 91A:

    91B Defence Advisory Board
    • (1) The Minister may appoint a board of suitable persons to be called the Defence Advisory Board (the Board).

      (2) The function of the Board is to provide independent and specialist advice to the Minister on matters relating to defence that the Minister from time to time refers to the Board.

      (3) Members of the Board must be paid, in accordance with the fees framework referred to in section 10 of the Crown Entities Act 2004,—

      • (a) remuneration for services as a member at a rate and of a kind determined by the Minister:

      • (b) reimbursement for actual and reasonable travelling and other expenses incurred in performing functions and duties as a member.

      (4) Subject to the provisions of this Act and of any regulations made under this Act, the Board may regulate its own procedure.

    91C Honorary ranks
    • (1) The Governor-General may grant an honorary rank to any person.

      (2) An honorary rank does not confer or imply membership in the Armed Forces.

      (3) The Governor-General may delegate the power in subsection (1) to the Chief of Defence Force and section 30(4) to (9) apply, with any necessary modifications, to the delegation.

      (4) The Chief of Defence Force must cause notice of every honorary rank granted under this section to be promulgated by Defence Force Orders.