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Australia to make it easier to deploy military for 'terrorist incidents'

Australia to make it easier to deploy military for 'terrorist incidents'
Special Operations Command soldiers stand together as they pose for members of the media at the Australian Army's Holsworthy Barracks located in western Sydney, Australia. Photo: Reuters
Published: 5:55 AM, July 17, 2017
Updated: 11:40 AM, July 17, 2017

SYDNEY - Australia's military will be more readily deployed to respond to "terrorist incidents" on home soil under proposed changes to laws announced by the government on Monday.

The government said in a statement that state and territory police forces remained the best first response, but the military could offer additional support to enhance their capabilities.

Australia has seen a series of "lone wolf" Islamist-inspired attacks, prompting a review of police tactics and the powers of state and federal authorities. REUTERS