Military powers for terror attacks 'cumbersome' and need streamlining, Malcolm Turnbull says

Military powers for terror attacks 'cumbersome' and need streamlining, Malcolm Turnbull says

Military powers for terror attacks 'cumbersome' and need streamlining, Malcolm Turnbull says

The changes will include the removal of the provision that now limits states and territories from asking for ADF support and specialist military skills until their capability or capacity has been exceeded.

Special forces would also be embedded in law enforcement agencies for better cooperation.

"Our enemies are agile and innovative".

"We can not afford to take a "set and forget" mentality on national security", Mr Turnbull said.

State governments will still decide whether they want help from the military to handle terrorist incidents.

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

Although police were absolved of blame during a 2014 Sydney cafe seige, in which two hostages and the gunman were killed, an inquest found authorities had underestimated the threat of the hostage taker and recommended a review of several procedures.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne refused to be drawn on what might have happened if the changes were in place before Sydney's Lindt cafe siege which resulted in the deaths of two hostages.

"It would be quite wrong of me to start trying to re-open the issues around the the Lindt Cafe", he told ABC radio.

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Mr Turnbull said State and Territory police forces would remain the primary responders to terrorist attacks, but the overhaul would allow the Federal Government to offer more support to local authorities, and mobilise faster in the event of a major incident.

To stay ahead of the evolving threat of terrorism, the Turnbull Government reviewed Defence's support to domestic counter-terrorism arrangements to ensure Australia has a co-ordinated and integrated response.

State and federal governments are working together on recommendations from the coroner's report.

Defence spokesman Richard Marles says the training and embedding of defence force members is uncontroversial.

Under the plan to be revealed Monday, the ADF will also offer specialised training from Special Forces for select state and territory law enforcement teams as well as offering officers for liaison and engagement within law enforcement agencies.

The Australian government is moving to give the Defence Force a greater role in dealing with terror threats on home soil, including using special forces to train police.

The exact circumstances under which the ADF may be called upon are unclear at this stage.

The government will also make changes to the act to make it easier for the ADF to support the police response, such as the ability to prevent suspected terrorists from leaving the scene of an incident.

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