Australian Army Authorised to Respond to Domestic Terrorist Incidents

The Australian Defence Force would be given greater powers to respond in the event of a terrorist attack on Australian soil, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Monday, July 17.

“The measures I’m announcing today will ensure the ADF is more readily available to respond terrorist incidents,” Turnbull said. “We have to stay ahead of the threat of terrorism, we have to constantly review our law enforcement capabilities to keep Australians safe.”

However, “state and territory police are and will remain the primary responders to any terrorist attack,” the Prime Minister clarified.

According to the Herald Sun the legislative changes were made in response to the 2014 Lindt Cafe siege and would give the army the power to both block streets and to kill those suspected of terrorism. Credit: The PMO via Storyful