Former PM calls for boost to counter terrorism operations

Tony Abbott has called for specialist military commandos to lead major counter-terror operations with more shoot-to-kill powers in the wake of the Manchester and London terror attacks.

The former Prime Minister, who put a commando regiment on standby during the December 2014 Lindt cafe siege, is one of several Liberal MPs pushing for the Defence Act to be amended.

“In the case of multiple or complex terrorist incidents, as soon as that is established, the military should become the lead agency in terms of the operations,” he told the Australian.


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He believes too many officers are bowing to “political correctness”.