The Federal Government has given The Australian Defence Force (ADF) greater powers to respond to domestic terrorist incidents in a series of new changes unveiled by Malcolm Turnbull.
The Prime Minister says the changes will make it easier for ADF personnel to work with the government and police forces in the event of a terrorist attack.
“State and territory police forces remain the best first response to terrorist incidents,” said Turnbull.
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“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.”
ADF will now offer state and territory governments specialised training from forces, as well as prevent suspected terrorists from leaving the scene of an incident.
The new procedures come after a government initiated review to support national counter-terrorism, following a spate of terrorist attacks in 2016.