WA to bolster counter terrorism laws

Premier Mark McGowan.
Premier Mark McGowan.

THE State Government is moving to amend counter terrorism laws to allow police to detain suspects without charge for up to a fortnight.

Currently, a terrorist act has to be imminent for police to be able to apply for a preventative detention order.

The amendments will be introduced into state parliament on Tuesday and aim to bring WA into line with the rest of the nation.

“We know the greater threat is in NSW and Victoria but we can’t be complacent, and that’s why we want to make sure that our state has the same tools as the other states,” Mr McGowan told reporters.

Counter terrorism laws that passed state parliament last year authorised police officers to use lethal force when responding to a terrorism incident.