Statement on Lindt Café siege inquest

Published 24th May, 2017

Two innocent people lost their lives in the terrible events of the Lindt Café siege in December 2014. Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones today.

We will also never forget the ordeal suffered by the surviving hostages.

I acknowledge the bravery of the police and first responders who put their lives on the line during this act of terror.

The people of NSW were devastated by the events of 15 and 16 December 2014. The outpouring of grief that saw a sea of flowers grow in Martin Place is still palpable.

The completion of the NSW Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths arising from the Lindt Café Siege today is an important step along the path to recovery.

I would like to thank NSW State Coroner Michael Barnes for his comprehensive and extensive inquest.

The inquest has been a difficult process for the families and surviving victims, and our thoughts are with them.

The NSW Government will do all we can to take the lessons learned from this tragedy. We will thoroughly review the findings and respond as quickly as possible.

Published 24th May, 2017