Aussies getting tough on terrorism, when will we?

The Aussies are muscling up on terrorism, with the NSW government moving to give police shoot to kill powers:

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will introduce legislation as soon as possible giving police “shoot-to-kill” powers as part of efforts to minimise the risk of public harm in terrorist situations.

Responding to recommendations released two weeks ago by the State Coroner into the Lindt Café siege hostage, Ms Berejiklian said today that her government accepted police needed clear powers including freedom to use of “lethal force” to keep the community safe from terrorism.  

“As we have seen as recently as this week in Melbourne and on the weekend with the cowardly, evil acts in London, we need to be ever-vigilant to the emerging and evolving risks of terrorism,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The Premier said her government would accept all 45 recommendations made by coroner Michael Barnes, and would introduce legislation in the next sitting week of state parliament, which begins on June 20, to clarify police powers during possible terrorist attacks.

The NSW government had been under pressure to act swiftly after Mr Barnes said in his May 24 report that police needed protection as the first responders in terrorist incidents.

Under current provisions, police are at risk of being charged with murder or other serious offences because the law is not clear about their liability when firing on alleged terrorists.

Mr Barnes recommended the government consider legislative changes to ensure police have the necessary protections to resolve terrorist incidents in a manner most likely to minimise risk to the public.

The announcement of imminent legislation, in the week of the state budget on June 20, follows a state cabinet meeting earlier today.

It also comes a day after NSW Labor Opposition leader Luke Foley said his party would cooperate with the government in passing “shoot-to-kill” legislation in one day when parliament next sat on June 20.

Mr Foley claimed the government was lagging when police needed clarity on their position in terrorist incidents as soon as possible.

Ms Berejiikian said NSW would continue to have the toughest counter-terrorism laws in the nation.

“We will now give our police clear protections if they need to use lethal force against terrorists,” she said.

Hello Bill? Anyone home?

Just three hours away, with rising terrorism threats the Aussies are muscling up…what are you going to do?

-The Australian

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