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Turnbull toughens stand on terror, to give ADF greater powers

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Garry Little | 17 July, 2017, 18:51

Defence will offer State and Territory Governments specialised training from Special Forces for select law enforcement teams. Elite special forces would have full legal authority to shoot and kill terrorists. While the Coroner's report made clear that military assistance was not needed at the Lindt Cafe siege, Turnbull flagged terror attacks like the recent events in London as examples of scenarios where a fast military response time would be desirable.

The military will be given sweeping powers to deploy forces and even take charge during terrorist attacks.

"But defence must be able to contribute effectively to domestic counter-terrorism efforts, in addition to its offshore counter-terrorism missions and regional capacity-building activities".

Turnbull claims the enhanced collaboration between state police and the ADF will allow "the ability for the ADF to be able to say to the police in certain circumstances, we can do something that you can't".

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne earlier refused to be drawn on what might have happened had the changes been in place before then.

He said the proposed measures "will ensure that the ADF is more readily available to respond to terrorism incidents, providing state and territory police with the extra support to call on when they need it". This provision will be abolished.

"We need to make sure that the "call out" powers are appropriate for the current circumstances".

Shadow Minister for Defence Richard Marles said he supported the changes, but said Mr Turnbull politicised the military by posing with heavy weaponry and commandos for a televised press conference.

That will include an offer of training from ADF special forces units such as the SAS, which is based in Swanbourne.

"State and territory police forces remain the best first response to terrorist incidents, immediately after an attack starts", The Guarding quoted Turnbull as saying in a joint statement with the defence minister, Marise Payne.

"The changes. are really the first overhaul of the Australian Defence Force's role in managing domestic security incidents in more than a decade", Greene said.

"Contain and negotiating, which was the approach in the Lindt cafe siege, isn't going to work [in dealing with Islamist terrorists]".

"In 2005 we never imagined Australia would be under the current terrorism threat that it is", he told ABC radio.

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