LABOR PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR SHOOT-TO-KILL LAWS FOR POLICE OFFICERS DEALING WITH TERRORIST THREATS

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NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley has reiterated his call for tough new shoot-to-kill powers – which would allow police to fire on terrorists.

The Berejiklian Government said it would respond speedily to the Coroner’s 45 recommendations in the wake of the Lindt Café siege. One of those recommendations is to give full protection to officers if they take a shot at a terrorist.

More than a fortnight later the Premier has failed to act and is now reportedly saying it might not be until August before the law could be amended. Mr Foley first made the call three days after Michael Barnes handed down his report.

Today Mr Foley once again pledged to offer Labor’s support to expedite any changes to the law to give officers the full protection they deserve.

He said the changes could be pushed through on the next sitting day of Parliament – Tuesday 20th June – directly after the Budget is handed down.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“I can’t think of anything more important than for Parliament to amend the law so that officers have sufficient protection to be able to respond effectively.

“The police response to terrorists needs to change as the nature of terrorism has changed. The police are dealing with people who are prepared to die and the laws need to reflect that.

“A police officer responding to a terrorist threat cannot be left in any doubt that they may be charged with murder if they take a shot.

“I will work with the Premier to push this legislation through and change it in a day. It is now up to her to accept Labor’s invitation.

“We live in dangerous times. Now is not the time to hesitate.”