New 'victims bill of rights' the 'right thing to do', says Defence Minister

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the government's new victims' bill of rights is the right thing to do, and will ensure victims have a voice.

The proposed legislation would provide victims in military cases with many of the same rights to information, protection and participation as those already available in the civilian system.

The measures, if adopted, would represent a dramatic change to the way victims interact with the military justice system, which a recent internal review found was perceived as being unfair and opaque.

The proposed changes come only a few weeks before federal auditor general Michael Ferguson is scheduled to release a report on the military justice system.