- Terrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Act 2005 to be amended
- Legislation to authorise police officers to use lethal force when responding to terrorism incidents
- Special counter terrorism meeting of the Council of Australian Governments to be held on Thursday, October 5
WA Police officers will have strengthened authority to use lethal force during terrorist sieges under new counter terrorism legislation to be introduced by the McGowan Government.
The reforms will give police clear legal protections if they are required to use pre-emptive force when responding to a terrorist incident.
The special powers are being introduced in response to findings from the New South Wales Coronial Inquest into the Lindt Café siege.
The NSW Coroner recommended that special powers available to police responding to a terrorist incident should include a more clearly defined right to use force ensuring legal protection to respond to terrorist incidents in a manner most likely to minimise the risk to members of the public.
As part of the new powers, the Commissioner of Police would first have to declare that the incident officers are responding to is terrorism related.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"While WA generally has fewer security concerns than some other States, we are committed to doing everything we can to keep the community safe in the event of a violent extremist act.
"We also want to ensure our police remain well-trained and have the power to respond with the required force to remove a terrorist threat.
"These changes will strengthen our counter terrorism laws and help our police to keep us safe."
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"No-one wants to see a repeat of terrible events like those at the Lindt Café and this Government is committed to giving our police every tool they need to respond to terrorist incidents.
"These new measures will provide confidence to police where pre-emptive force may be required to save hostages in a potential terrorism incident.
"They also ensure our police have sufficient legal protection when acting in good faith and in the course of their duties to protect others."
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