After the NSW coroner’s report into the Lindt cafe siege questioned policy between state and commonwealth agencies, attorney general says he regrets not passing on a letter written by perpetrator. Follow it live …
Good morning blogans,
The Canberra fog had enveloped parliament house as I trudged in, a little weary as a result of the possum rave on my roof last night. It seems every creature from the district was dancing on my flat roof, or perhaps there was a marsupial Olympics. Anyway, enough of my problems…
There was no reason to believe that any member of the Attorney General’s Department staff would have known that Monis … was a person of concern at that particular time.
There does not appear to be an effective policy in place to require the commonwealth bureaucracy to forward correspondence received by it to Asio where that correspondence is relevant to security considerations.
Well of course because I asked my department to tighten up their correspondence handling practices. I would prefer that it had been handed on and if that occurred today it would be handed on.
Plainly there is an argument, particularly when there is a serious terrorist event to deploy all of the capabilities the nation can summon, whether it be the policing and intelligence capability or the military capability.
We need to change our protocols dealing with terrorist sieges because terrorists don’t expect to get out alive and they don’t care who they kill. I think we do need to give the police a shoot to kill power when they reasonably think they are in a terrorist situation, and we do need to ensure, without supplanting the appropriate role of the police as the lead agency in a terrorist situation, that there is close cooperation, without muddying the lines of command, close cooperation between the military and the police.