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The move to call upon the Australian Defence Force to assist in enforcing COVID-19 restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria has received a mixed response.

Concern has been flagged regarding the lack of clarity in the deployment, in addition to the anxious reception by residents to a military presence in their local area.

However, not all public health experts have viewed the move with trepidation.

Non-Resident Fellow Dr Adam Kamradt-Scott is quoted in The Mandarin suggesting that militaries are well suited to cope with some crises given their preparedness for war, citing "extremely good logistics" otherwise "lacking in civilian equivalents".