Se­cu­rity on base tougher

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

SOL­DIERS should be given the right to use deadly force to pro­tect de­fence bases from ter­ror­ists, a Se­nate com­mit­tee says. The com­mit­tee also ap­proved a move to lift the cur­rent $ 40 max­i­mum penalty for tres­pass­ing on a de­fence fa­cil­ity to $ 5500. For­eign af­fairs, de­fence and trade com­mit­tee chair­man, La­bor sen­a­tor Mark Bishop, said mem­bers were sat­is­fied safe­guards would en­sure pow­ers were used ap­pro­pri­ately. They also rec­om­mended bases dis­play signs warn­ing vis­i­tors may be searched.

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