Sydney siege demands a sober response

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 11:23pm, first published December 16 2014 - 6:58pm

No two hostage crises ever unfold in precisely the same manner, save for the immediate aftermath when the clamour for answers is urgent and extreme. The political motivations surrounding the Martin Place siege and the deaths of two innocent people has added an even greater sense of priority to the many inquiries now underway. So too has the fact that the perpetrator was known to police and intelligence officials, had broadcast anti-western diatribes on social media, and was on bail for a number of criminal offences. The NSW government is being criticised over its bail laws, and the country's firearms laws may again be subject to scrutiny as a result of Man Haron Monis's possession of a shotgun. And of course the tactics and ultimate action of police in ending the siege will, appropriately, be closely examined.

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