- Terrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Amendment Bill 2018 passes the Upper House
- Police officers authorised to use lethal force when responding to terrorism incidents
WA Police officers will have the authority to use lethal force when responding to a terrorism incident after the McGowan Government's tough new counter terrorism laws passed both houses of the State Parliament.
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 terrorism act.
The special laws were introduced in response to findings from the New South Wales Coronial Inquest into the Lindt Café siege.
The legislation passed through the Legislative Council this afternoon.
Under the new laws, the Commissioner of Police would first have to declare that the incident officers are responding to is suspected to be terrorism related.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"My Government has given police greater powers to fight the insidious scourge of terrorism.
"I hope these laws never have to be used, but if the worst occurs, our police will be ready to respond."
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"We live in challenging times and we need to be prepared for the unexpected.
"We depend on our police to keep us safe and they deserve the confidence of the community and the protection these laws afford.
"These new laws ensure our police have sufficient legal protection if pre-emptive force is required to save hostages in a potential terrorism incident."
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