- WA Police Force to get stronger lethal force powers
- New legislation authorises police officers to use lethal force when responding to terrorism incidents
- Terrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Amendment Bill 2018 to be read into Parliament
New legislation, authorising Western Australian police officers to use lethal force when responding to a terrorism incident will be introduced into State Parliament today.
The Terrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Amendment Bill 2018 gives police clear legal protections if they are required to use pre-emptive force when responding to a terrorism incident or suspected terrorist act.
The special powers are being introduced in response to findings from the New South Wales Coronial Inquest into the Lindt Café siege.
National, State and Territory leaders agreed to a package of counter terrorism reforms at a Special Council of Australian Governments meeting in October last year.
Aligned with this agreement, the McGowan Government committed to strengthening legislation to include a more clearly defined authority for police to use lethal force.
Under 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:
"This is all part of a broader national approach to respond to violent extremist acts.
"In the event police might need to take pre-emptive action to save hostages, under these laws they will now have the confidence to respond with deadly force.
"It's important our police remain well-trained and are able to respond with the necessary force to remove a terrorist threat and keep us safe."
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"Our police and other agencies are doing all they can to protect us from the threat of terrorism.
"We want to make sure our police have the necessary legal protections to respond to any terrorist situation with confidence.
"These special powers are being introduced in response to findings from the New South Wales Coronial Inquest into the Lindt Café siege."
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