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Australian leadership—leading from the rear

Australian leadership — leading from the rear

Special Forces soldiers will provide specialised training to state and territory police as part of proposed changes aimed at improving the military’s ability to help respond to domestic terrorism incidents.

You have to go back a long way to find where Australia has been proactive rather than its customary reactive policy. Half the world uses its military specialists in homeland emergency situations such as terrorist attacks which began more than 30 years ago. Our milk toast collection of political wastrels rely on the notion that if you never make a decision you can’t be deemed wrong. Now the egos will still get in the way, you can bet!

Source: ABC

Defence Force to take greater role in responding to domestic terrorism

The Turnbull Government will today unveil an expansion of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) role in assisting state and territory police deal with threats, including making it easier for troops to be deployed under “call out” powers.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the first such overhaul of the ADF’s role in counter-terrorism arrangements since 2005 was designed to help keep Australians safe.

“The key thing we need is the most flexible possible arrangements — the threat’s changed very significantly,” Mr Keenan said.

“In 2005 we never imagined Australia would be under the current terrorism threat that it is.

“We need to make sure that the ‘call out’ powers are appropriate for the current circumstances.”

The Government said its proposed legislative changes to the Defence Act would remove a provision that currently limits states and territories from asking for ADF support and specialist military skills until their capability or capacity has been exceeded.

A senior military official told the ABC the NSW coroner’s recent report into the 2014 Lindt cafe siege made it very clear military “call out” powers did not need to be used in the incident, but acknowledged today’s changes would make it easier to deploy troops.

Police to continue to take lead in terrorism response

Defence will also offer state and territory governments specialised training from Special Forces for “select law enforcement teams”, as well as the placement of officers inside law enforcement agencies to “assist with liaison and engagement”.

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Mr Keenan insisted police commanders would still take the lead in responding to future terrorism incidents on Australian soil.

“What we want to do is make sure we’re working with the police, so whatever assets the Commonwealth has including the ADF are being used,” he said.

“There would only be limited circumstances in which the niche military capabilities that we have would be required.”

The ABC has confirmed the Government will this week also release the findings of a wide-ranging review of Australia’s intelligence community as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull contemplates whether to introduce a new Homeland Security Department, based on the United Kingdom’s Home Office.

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  • luk1955 17/07/2017, 7:19 am

    Great! All we need is for “peace officers” as they were once known as, being trained by people who gloriously seek to kill other people they have never met. These people being soldiers, who since Vietnam, are waging war on sovereign countries that cause us no harm, in order for the defence industries to make big profits. That means our governments now consider us electorate to be the real enemy. Those police will not kill moozies, because that interferes with the major unitary party goal of islamisation of Australia. The only solution is to ban anything relating to islam in Australia.

  • Pensioner Pete 17/07/2017, 7:39 am

    The populace has been reminded by our leaders, repeatedly over the years, terrorism will not affect our way of life, we will light candles, we will stand united, we will hold hands and sing songs of peace, we are one with Moslems in Australia, we are the jewel in the crown of multiculturalism. Yet, here we are, now under threat from our own security services, our Police who can shoot to kill us and now added into the mix, the Military who can also shoot to kill us. Perhaps, just perhaps, the penny will drop for the populace in that Moslems have indeed caused us massive disruption to our life in every way. The sooner we boot out the current batch of idiots governing our lands, the better.

    • Neville 17/07/2017, 4:33 pm

      Yep.

  • Penguinte 17/07/2017, 8:27 am

    But we won’t let terrorism change our life styles! What’s next Turkey style pseudo coops?

  • Biking Voter 17/07/2017, 8:44 am

    Heard coming from Turnbull’s office …. “Follow me men, I’ll be right behind you.”

  • Graham 17/07/2017, 9:16 am

    Maybe I’m just being cynical but in whatever situation you use the best resources at your disposal, I would have thought it was a no brainer.

    Special Forces for special circumstances
    Coal, gas, nuclear for energy
    Older people who have a lifetime’s experience in teaching to the young. Rather than people who have never had a job and are just above the age of their pupils
    Etc

  • Joe Blogs 17/07/2017, 12:01 pm

    Keenan: “In 2005 we never imagined Australia would be under the current terrorism threat that it is.”

    That lack of imagination is because Keenan’s an overgrown schoolboy and Gang of 54 stooge who’s been nowhere, done nothing, and couldn’t pick a terrorist if one asked him to hold his bomb for him while he fumbled for his bus ticket.

    Many police forces around the world these days are paramilitary or have paramilitary /special ops units. There are plenty of inner-suburban Army depots in all of our capital cities where Army-police cross-training could be undertaken for terrorism-related sieges, searches, civil disturbances, etc, and used as bases for combined exercises and operations. There’s just be the minor (sarc) problems of command, control and intelligence to sort out.