Top soldiers to bolster police in terrorist events
AUSTRALIA’S military elite will soon be able to take the lead in attacks on terrorists in the case of extremist strikes on our shores.
Instead of leaving the battle to state police, new powers will strengthen an Australian Defence Force “call-out” provision to allow the military to use deadly force against terrorists on domestic soil.
The military might of Australia’s second commando regiment was on display in Holsworthy in Sydney yesterday – ready to be called on in the event of a terrorist attack.
The men, whose identities are suppressed, showed off their latest tools including silenced sniper rifles, tactical grenades and a militarised rigid-hulled inflatable boat – fitted with machine guns and a beefed-up engine – with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looking on.
The men are among the best trained soldiers in the country and their skills can be called on by state and federal police in times of crisis.
READY TO GO: Special Operations Command soldiers at Holsworthy Barracks yesterday.