Last scheduled sitting day before winter recess sets up the battles for rest of parliamentary year. All the day’s events, live
Paul Karp will bring you more on this soon, but the government is making it easier to call in the troops for domestic based terror incidents.
Attorney-general Christian Porter cited “long siege situations” in announcing the new powers, which is a call back to the Lindt cafe siege. It’s the biggest change to ‘call-out’ powers, since those which were put in place for the Sydney Olympics.
Attorney-General @cporterwa: The Lindt Café siege prompted the states and territories to rethink of the existing threshold for responding to such circumstances.
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….before the six week winter recess.
The government has a bit to get through before parliament rises, with the foreign interference laws being top of the list.