Wednesday, 28th November 2018
New Defence Laws Provides Stronger Shield Against Acts of Violence
The Coalition Government has passed legislation to streamline callout orders of the Australian Defence Force to better protect Australians in all states and territories from natural disasters and acts of violence, including terrorism.
The new provisions ensure the Australian Defence Force can quickly and effectively respond to threats that travel across state borders without the need to duplicate processes to obtain additional approvals, which could delay the response.
Northern-based Queensland Senator and Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Ian Macdonald said the committee welcomed the reforms put forward by the Australian Government.
“Ensuring that Australians are protected from the threat of natural disasters and significant violence is paramount,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The amendments in the Defence Amendment (Call out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 do not change the role of police as first responders, rather the reforms enhance the ability of the Australian Defence Force to respond to domestic security incidents, particularly acts of terrorism.
“The Coalition Government has zero tolerance for threats against the safety of Australians and these reforms will save lives by ensuring that Defence is more flexible and agile in supporting state and territory first responders.
“We want to continue to work with emergency services and the Australian Defence Force to support them to prepare for and respond to threats by improving access to specialist facilities and broadening collaboration in counter terrorism training activities.”