Tough new terror laws grant army special powers to respond to terror attacks
Published: 17 July 2017
Sweeping changes to the Defence Act will soon allow the nation’s elite military forces to take command in dealing with terrorist attacks inside Australia’s borders.
The move, which was brought about following a review after the Nice and Paris terror attacks will take pressure off the country’s police forces in relation to handling terror events as they unfold. Whereas Police currently have control until their ‘capabilities have been exceeded’, the new measures will allow the army to quickly step in to contain situations, with minimal risk to hostages.
While the Prime Minister was quick to maintain that or state police forces are still our greatest asset and best first response during a terror strike, he added due to the training of our elite military units, they are better equipped to decisively deal with the unique threat of extremist motivated crime.
The Government was also quick to point out that this overhaul is not in response to the 2014 Lindt Café terror attack, where NSW Police were criticised for their delay in action, but as part of a review into recent European attacks.
The new changes to the Act will also see military liaison officers seconded to tactical police units, as well as joint training exercises, that will see our state police forces undergo military training to better understand our military capabilities in responding to terror threats.