Top sol­diers to bolster po­lice in ter­ror­ist events

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS NATION - — Sharri Mark­son The Daily Tele­graph

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.

PHOTO: BRENDAN ESPOSITO/AAP

READY TO GO: Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Com­mand sol­diers at Holswor­thy Bar­racks yes­ter­day.

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