This review analysed the events that led up to the Martin Place siege and the range of interactions the gunman had with agencies including the criminal justice system, beginning with his arrival in Australia.
At around 8.33 am on 15 December 2014, Man Haron Monis walked into the Lindt Café, on the corner of Martin Place and Phillip Street, in the heart of Sydney’s commercial district. Shortly thereafter, he produced a gun and ordered that the customers and staff be locked inside as hostages. After a standoff lasting around 17 hours, the siege ended in gunfire. Three people died: two hostages and Monis. Several of the other hostages sustained injuries.
The Martin Place siege has deeply affected the community.
The Review analysed the events that led up to the siege and the range of interactions Monis had with agencies including the criminal justice system, beginning with his arrival in Australia. It asked:
- were the decisions of government agencies in respect of Monis reasonable given the laws and policies in place when the decisions were made?
- should decision-makers have had other information before them when making their decisions?
This Review, jointly commissioned by the Prime Minister of Australia and the Premier of New South Wales the day following the end of the siege, is the first official government review of the incident.
The Review has been completed in six weeks, drawing on the records and advice of agencies in the Commonwealth, New South Wales and other States and Territories.
Other more detailed inquiries and proceedings into matters concerning the siege and Monis will follow, notably the report of the NSW Coroner who is inquiring into the circumstances of the deaths arising from the siege. The Review has been careful not to prejudice the work of the Coroner, who will be undertaking detailed investigations including interviewing a large number of witnesses before making his findings.