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Australian Army to take terror attack lead, not local police under Malcolm Turnbull overhaul

16 July 2017 9:12 PM
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Australian Army to take terror attack lead, not local police under Malcolm Turnbull overhaul

AUSTRALIA’S military will be given new far-reaching powers, including the ability to take control of terror incidents on home soil, under a national security overhaul.

The Turnbull government is set to announce the sweeping terror law changes today.

Under the changes, the army could block streets and kill terror suspects, News Corp reported.

Certain state police teams would get specialist SAS training and could even have military personnel embedded to improve communications between the agencies.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is scheduled to hold a press conference at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney’s southwest this morning.

The Australian Defence Force’s role will be expanded under the Defence Act which gives the military the ability to take over from local police.

“The overhaul will make it easier for Defence to work together with federal, state and territory police in the event of a terrorist incident,” Mr Turnbull said.

“State and territory police forces remain the best first response to terrorist incidents immediately after an attack starts.”

The government insisted the new changes resulted from a review into the national counter-terrorism response initiated in 2016 and not as a direct response to Sydney’s 2014 deadly Lindt Cafe siege.

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Source: news.com.au

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