Security demands new airport powers: PM

May 15, 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced tighter security measures at the nation's airports.

New measures to increase security at Australia's airports and give authorities greater powers to check the identities of suspected terrorists and criminals are set to be announced by the federal government.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton are expected to announce upgraded X-ray machines and an extra 190 counter-terrorism police at airports around the nation, News Corp Australia reports on Tuesday.

The new measures are expected to include allowing authorities to demand identification and order people to leave airports to improve security and pursue criminals and terrorists before they can flee the country.

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