July 17, 2017
Australia plans to step up its response to terrorism by increasing the military’s role during an attack or threat.
The Australian government announced a proposal Sunday that would expand the country’s defense forces to allow state police to call in troop deployment during a terror incident.
The new national security measure would allow troops to take control during an attack.
Police officers would also receive special training from the military.
The legislation would change Australia’s standing defense act, which limits how much states and territories can ask defense forces for help.
The system has already been approved by the Cabinet and the National Security Committee, and is expected to be formally announced on Monday.