NSW seeks help from the Australian Defence Force as police step up lockdown enforcement

29/07/2021 11:14:00 AM

The NSW Police Commissioner has asked the federal government for 300 Australian Defence Force personnel to ensure Greater Sydney residents are complying with lockdown restrictions.

Share on TwitterThe NSW Police Commissioner has asked the federal government for 300 Australian Defence Force personnel to ensure Greater Sydney residents are complying with lockdown restrictions.But the mayor of Cumberland Council fears his south-western Sydney community will find the image of troops patrolling their streets “demoralising”.

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Mick Fuller sent the request to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday, saying the troops were needed as his police force expanded its enforcement activities in Sydney over the coming days.READ MORENSW reports record 239 COVID-19 cases and two new deaths as authorities further tighten restrictions

“The assistance of the ADF has been essential over the past 18 months – particularly during last year’s border operation, the ongoing hotel quarantine operation and the assistance provided with logistics support in the Police Operations Centre,” Commissioner Fuller said in a statement. headtopics.com

NSW Police Minister David Elliott said the army had helped NSW in the past during crises.“As I have said previously, support from the army will add another line of defence to the NSW Government’s crackdown on COVID-19 compliance,” he said.Cumberland City Council mayor Steve Christou

SBS NewsCumberland City Council major Steve Christou said he was concerned about the prospect of the army being sent in, as it would cause anxiety among residents.“If the army is going to be brought in to just enforce lockdown, I don't think it's going to be a good look at all," he said.

“I don't think people are going to accept it very well - our people are one of the poorest demographics, and as it is, they already feel picked on and marginalised, as if their whole life has been taken away from them."They can't afford to pay the mortgage, the rent, the food or work. Now to throw out the army to enforce lockdown on the streets is going to be a huge issue to these people.

“It's demoralising for a lot of people.”READ MORENew South Wales has new coronavirus restrictions. Here's what you need to knowHe said it would be a different scenario if the army was to help Western Sydney health centres and with logistics.SBS News understands the Department of Defence is yet to receive a request from Emergency Management Australia to deploy the troops. headtopics.com

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I didn’t think the ADF had powers to enforce NSW law? Wear can i get a hat like that one? They need every road out of Greater Sydney locked down by the Army too. Change truck drivers for clean Regional drivers on transports coming out too, after cleaning cabs. How many?.... Cameras scan to HairPlugSQoMo with an Olympic mask and uniforms ‘protecting’ Australians from the pandemic.

SYDNEY OUT OF CONTROL COVID. STILL VOTE LIBERAL NATIONAL PARTY. SOOO FUNNY. If a planned march goes ahead Saturday, stop the trains running or skip from central and city circle line, blockade Parramatta road, Victoria Rd, and the eastern suburbs entry ways. If they can't get into the city driving, on public transport or walking, they'll go home.

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Most people ARE following the rules... the problem is that Gladbags didn't lock down hard and early, so she allowed the Delta strain to spread like we all know it does. Send the ADF to Gladbags' house and demand her resignation on behalf of the people 🤣 ADF need to reject this request, or advise can only do non visible, behind the scenes logistic support

Australia on the slope from a - nanny state (pre covid), to a - police state (covid stage 1), to a - military state (covid stage 2) Martial Law around the corner LOL now the Army in Australia is stamping on Aussie freedoms too. Utterly disgusting, sadly we lack un sold out journalist's here. Down at precinct 49..

Hardest lockdown in Australia, lady's tripping! This is terrible, Muriel. Also can’t be used in a policing role Only ministers of the crown can request ADF assistance

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