27-11-2022 12:27 AM Jerusalem Timing

Abbott Vows No Rest till Australians Safe as Possible

Abbott Vows No Rest till Australians Safe as Possible

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he will not rest until he was assured his country’s people were safe, as he formally announced a review into the fatal Sydney cafe siege.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he will not rest until he was assured his country's people were safe, as he formally announced a review into the fatal Sydney cafe siege.

"I will not rest until I am confident that you are as safe as any government can possibly make you," he said in confirming an official probe into the tragedy and how the extremist gunman gained citizenship.

"I don't want people who are perfectly good Australians to be frightened of a knock on the door in the middle of the night. That's the last thing that I would want," he added.

"But people who are preaching hate, who are associating with terrorist organizations or with terrorist supporters, who are railing against our country and our way of life, our freedoms and our tolerance, and the welcomethat we give to people... these are things which to need to be questioned."

Abbott earlier vowed a transparent probe into why gunman Man Haron Monis, 50, was not under surveillance given he was a known extremist and had a dubious past record.Australian PM Tony Abbot

He said an urgent review would look at what lessons could be learned from events leading up to and surrounding the siege, which left Monis and two of 17 hostages dead.

It will examine the circumstances surrounding Monis' arrival in Australia and subsequent granting of asylum and citizenship, and what information agencies had about him and how it was shared.
It will also ask how he managed to get a gun.

"I certainly want answers to those sorts of questions and there was incredulity around the National Security Committee of the Cabinet yesterday when we were briefed on the details of his record," Abbott said.

The inquiry is expected to report back by the end of January.

Monis  is known for his extremist believes. He had expressed his allegiance to the Leader of the terrorist group operating in Iraq and Syria, ISIL. In a public statement on November 18, Monis expressed allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.