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A sad result but could have been worse.

The gunman was known to police and, surprisingly, me and a lot of the public as he had been sending offensive letters to the widows of casualties in Afghan conflict. He had lost a High Court appeal on Friday and was released on bail for sexual assault. There's every indication that he was a lone nutcase.

Here's the Guardian's report

BTW - the #illridewithyou hashtag was created by Tessa Kum aka @sirtessa - one of Australia's SF community. A wonderful idea to kick against the toxic climate of hate and create solidarity with the Islamic community.

It should be remembered that it was members of the Islamic community who warned the police about the gunman in the first place.

Our local Murdoch tabloid released its own toxic cloud in a special afternoon edition. It got pretty much every detail wrong.

In today's broadsheet (which is also a tabloid - it's complicated) Peter Hartcher takes our politicians to task for, basically, doing what terrorists want them to do.

The area around Martin Place is still under lock down.

A terrible day - but at least the police and most of the media acted responsibly.
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A gunman is holding hostages in the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place, Sydney. Martin Place is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the Sydney CBD so the surrounding area is in lockdown. I have a couple of friends unable to leave their buildings (one I was meeting for lunch).

There are reports of a visible black flag with white Arabic characters and so people are jumping to conclusions. At this writing there's not enough information (in my opinion) to make any kind of judgement about motivation or the eventual conclusion.

I'm hoping for a peaceful and early resolution to the crisis but there are already reports of anti-Islamic incidents fuelled by ignorance.

This seems to be one of the more responsible sources of information at the moment.
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but hopefully not.

A new online news website has started up - The Global Mail.

Worth reading just for Ellen Fanning's piece on electricity prices (part 1 of a series.)

Between this and The Conversation, Australia's producing some of the best online only news services in the world.


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Murdoch papers paid £1m to gag phone-hacking victims



so has The Australian being doing this kind of thing? The Telegraph? The Sun-Herald? The (name of your local Murdoch rag?)

Isn't this treason?

(and isn't this the kind of story that wouldn't be reported without an independent media and blogs? Now we know what John Hartigan was so pissed off about.)

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