Shoot to kill: Army given new powers to fight terrorists

17th July 2017 6:27 AM
UPDATED 8:28 AM
The new overhaul has been triggered by a spate of terror attacks, including the 2014 Lindt siege. The new overhaul has been triggered by a spate of terror attacks, including the 2014 Lindt siege. JOEL CARRETT

AUSTRALIA'S military elite will soon be able to take the lead in attacks on terrorists in the case of extremist strikes on our shores.

Instead of leaving the battle to the NSW Police Force, new powers will strengthen an Australian Defence Force "call-out" provision to allow the military to use deadly force against terrorists on domestic soil.

 

The Turnbull government's moves to expand the ADF's role under the Defence Act means the military can take over counter-terror responses from local police, who were recently slammed as ill-equipped for their response to domestic incidents such as the Lindt cafe siege.

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

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

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