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Australian army to be deployed on domestic soil during future terrorist attacks

Australian army to be deployed on domestic soil during future terrorist attacks

"We have to stay ahead of them", he said.

In addition, the ADF will provide specialised training for select parts of states' law enforcement teams.

Turnbull said police will remain "the best first response" to terrorist incidents, but the raft of changes will make it easier for the military to help the police deal with such attacks.

Australia's military will be able to take control on home soil during terror attacks under sweeping changes to national security.

Australia has seen several Islamist-inspired attacks over the past years, prompting a review of how police and authorities can respond better.

The new powers will also allow troops to help police stop suspected terrorists from leaving the scene of an incident.?

Turnbull also mentioned implementing "full legal protections to ensure that police are empowered to use lethal force where the public is at risk".

In May, a coronial inquiry established that police had failed to give a swift response to a 16-hour siege at a central Sydney cafe in December 2014.

He said the proposed measures "will ensure that the ADF is more readily available to respond to terrorism incidents, providing state and territory police with the extra support to call on when they need it". "We must constantly review and update our responses to the threat of terrorism".

"They can sniff it from a mile away and they will judge people accordingly and it is for all of us in this space to use our judgement appropriately to make sure that we are doing this in a way which is respectful to the ADF because I can assure you, the Australian people will absolutely judge our actions as indeed they should".

That will include an offer of training from ADF special forces units such as the SAS, which is based in Swanbourne.

"There would only be limited circumstances in which the niche military capabilities that we have would be required", he said.

The changes, which need to pass Parliament, will be discussed at the next Council of Australian Governments meeting.

In a joint statement released with Defence Minister Marise Payne, Turnbull said that while elite special forces will be given greater powers in the event of domestic terror-related incidents, police will continue to play a leading role in the overall response.

"In 2005 we never imagined Australia would be under the current terrorism threat that it is", he told ABC radio.

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