In Australia expand the powers of the army to combat terrorism

© AFP 2017 / Torsten BlackwoodЗдание of the Parliament of Australia in Canberra. Archival photoIn Australia expand the powers of the army to combat terrorism© 2017 AFP / Torsten Blackwood

The Australian government confer the country’s army extended powers to participate in repelling terrorist threats, the newspaper Sidney Morning Herald.

Revision of the national defence Act concerning the role of the military in the fight against terrorism was launched after the incident in December 2014, when an armed man took hostage 17 people in a cafe in Central Sydney. It was noted that the legislation contains too many legal and administrative barriers that may prevent prompt intervention of the army units in case of terrorist attacks.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking on Monday at a military base in Sydney, said that the current system of interaction between the police and the army «is cumbersome» and should be «simplified».

In particular, the defense legislation will be removed, the article providing for military assistance only if the state «would be unable to defend itself against internal disturbances».

Observers also drew attention to the event entourage: behind the Turnbull’s statement was an inflatable boat with six heavily armed members of spetsnaz in masks.

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