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What The Turnbull Government Is Doing About Terrorism

The coalition are fighting for new federal laws to be introduced regarding terrorism that will allow authorities to hold terror suspects for up to two weeks without charge.

This law is currently only in play in NSW as most other states only allow a maximum of seven days detention for questioning suspects.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been pushing this law change since 2015, however, he will propose a nationally consistent pre-charge detention law once again at a special national security meeting on Thursday.

This proposal is set to simplify provisions for police and will also allow initial investigation periods to be raised from four to eight hours before an extension must be sought.

"It's vital that we have nationally consistent terrorism laws," Mr Turnbull said.

"I'm asking state and territory leaders to work with me to deliver safety and security."

The PM is also pushing for all States and Territories to treat people who possess material that could be used in carrying out or preparing for an act of terrorism with the same laws as those who possess child pornography.

It is believed that these new laws will allow police to respond effectively to any concerning behaviour or activity before acts of terror can be carried out.

Australia's national threat level was raised in September 2014 and since then there have been five terrorist acts carried out on Australian soil and 13 major counter-terrorism disruptions.

This comes during the wake of the Las Vegas massacre that killed at least 59 people and injured over 500 others.

"Keeping Australians safe is my highest responsibility. This meeting is vital to stay ahead of the threat of terrorism," Mr Turnbull said.

Source: Sky News

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