Australian military expanding domestic terrorism aid

Armed police in Martin Place during the Lindt cafe siege

"What I am doing is taking a lot of the red tape and the gum out of the works to enable cooperation between the police and the ADF (Australian Defence Force) and particularly the they can work together more seamlessly", he added.

Malcolm Turnbull wants to make it easier for Australia's military to help police deal with terrorist attacks, including streamlining the process for the defence forces to be called out to incidents.

That provision has now been removed, Monday's statement said.

Mr Turnbull held the live conference at Sydney's Holsworthy Barracks and could be seen standing with several Special Operations soldiers wearing full camouflage gear and holding guns.

"In 2005 we never imagined Australia would be under the current terrorism threat that it is", he told ABC radio.

Australia and New Zealand share a unique and close partnership, underpinned by shared history and values, Mr Turnbull said.

The system also only allows the ADF to be deployed if the governor-general signs off on a request from the prime minister, attorney-general and defence minister, who all have to agree state forces are incapable of properly responding.

"We have to ensure that every resource we have, legislative, military, police, intelligence, security is always at the highest standard and able to be brought to bear to keep Australians safe", Turnbull said.

Under the changes territory police forces would remain the first responders to possible terror attacks on Australian soil, but they would be authorized to ask for the army's help during such incidents before exhausting all their capacity.

"It would be quite wrong of me to start trying to re-open the issues around the the Lindt cafe", he said.

Turnbull said the changes to domestic counterterrorism arrangements were made "to stay ahead of the evolving threat of terrorism" and to "ensure Australia has a coordinated and integrated response".

Defence spokesman Richard Marles says the training and embedding of defence force members is uncontroversial.

"There is a fine line between acknowledging and celebrating the incredible work that our Defence Force personnel do on the one hand, and politicising them on the other", Mr Marles said.

"My instant, dismayed, reaction on his retirement previous year was "Say it ain't so Bro" - he has been a great friend of Australia and has represented his nation, and our shared values, magnificently", Mr Turnbull said.

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