Sending in the military? First let's get some legal issues straightened out

By David Letts
Updated February 11 2020 - 2:28pm, first published January 8 2020 - 12:00am

The announcement by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force that the Governor-General had signed an order to call out the Australian Defence Force Reserves raises some interesting questions regarding the legal status of the men and women of the Australian Defence Force undertaking the "civil aid, humanitarian assistance, medical or civil emergency or disaster relief" that is specified in the order.

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