Prime Minister Tony Abbott Says There Are 'Lessons To Be Learned' From The Sydney Siege

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media. Photo: Getty Images

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government will examine details of the siege in Sydney which took the lives of two innocent people in the early hours of Monday morning.

“It will take time to clarify what happened in Martin Place and why,” Abbott told media in Canberra this morning.

“Plainly there are lessons to be learned and we will take time to examine this incident to see what lessons can be learned.”

Abbott also warned: “There are people in our community ready to engage in politically motivated violence.”

The National Security Committee of Cabinet met this morning to discuss the tragic events of the siege at Martin Place in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

The prime minister not reveal details of what was talked about during the emergency session, instead he reiterated the information outlined by NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione earlier this morning.

“We know that he [hostage-taker Man Monis] sent offensive letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan,” Abbott said. “We also know that he posted graphic, extremist material online.”

Abbott said Monis used “the symbolism of the ISIL death cult” to carry out his violent acts.

Despite the severity of this “appalling incident”, Abbott said the government and police are “ready to deal with these people with the full force of law”.

“Australia and Australians are resilient,” Abbott said.

“Australians should be reassured by the way our security agencies responded to this brush with terror.”

The Prime Minister said he intends to visit Sydney later today to be formally briefed by police and other relevant authorities.


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