SYDNEY’s Lord Mayor CLOVER MOORE couldn’t have picked a worst day to say crap like this.
“I thought it was really important as a city leader to stress that this is a one-off, isolated event by someone who shouldn’t have been out on bail, a very violent background, clearly a mental illness.”
“It wasn’t a terrorist event. I didn’t want our multicultural harmonious community to be divided.”
Clover Moore copping the slamming that her stupid remarks deserved.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has drawn outrage for claiming the Lindt cafe siege was not an act of terrorism, on the anniversary of Islamist-inspired gunman Man Haron Monis’s 17-hour standoff in which two hostages died.
“It wasn’t a terrorist event,” Ms Moore said yesterday. “This was a one-off, isolated event by a mentally ill man with a violent background who shouldn’t have been out on bail.”
NSW Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant told The Australian that Ms Moore’s comments were “a shame”.
“I am offended on behalf of all police and emergency personnel who placed their lives on the line for the public good,” Mr Grant said. “We know what occurred; so does the world.”
City of Sydney councillor Christine Forster said the siege was “not just a random criminal act” and Ms Moore’s comments were “unnecessary” on a day of national mourning.
“In my view, it was an act of terrorism, albeit by a lone-wolf operator,” Ms Forster said.
“It was apparent when (Monis) made those poor people hold up a flag in the window that it was about making a statement about Islamic extremism.
“It was plainly designed to send a very strong signal that this was an act of terrorism.”
Ms Moore said yesterday the city was working closely with other levels of government and police to “make sure people are safe in Sydney” but Ms Forster — Tony Abbott’s sister who is weighing up running for lord mayor — said she was not aware of any extra measures taken by the council following the siege.
“I don’t think we’ve done anything specific; we have been briefed post the siege by the AFP and just about general measures,” she said.
One of the first requests made by officers at the time of the siege was for the council to provide a direct closed circuit TV feed to police to help monitor and control the situation. Ms Moore wasn’t “a fan” of that protocol, Ms Forster said. “I’ve had many fights with her on this issue. I had to push her very hard to put 10 new cameras up and that was prior to the Lindt cafe and I’ve asked her since to give direct feeds to allow Surry Hills local area command to have direct access to our CCTV feeds and she refused to do it.”
A City of Sydney spokesman said police briefed the council weeks before the siege unfolded and “confirmed to councillors” that they were “satisfied” with the city’s safety measures.
US counter-terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman told the siege inquest it was clear Monis was “radicalised” and classified the tragedy as a terrorist event.
Coroner Michael Barnes, who expects to hand down his findings from an inquest into the siege by mid-next year, this week issued an open letter to the families of victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson in which he described the event as “a potential act of terrorism”. In the letter, Mr Barnes said the purpose of his inquiry was “to help NSW develop strategies to help tackle and prevent events of this nature in the future”.
Ms Moore did not respond to a question as to whether she thought October’s shooting of police accountant Curtis Cheng by 15-year-old Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad in Parramatta was an act of terrorism