BRIGHTON SIEGE PUTS FOCUS ON PAROLE
"How was he on parole?" Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said of Yacqub Khayre, the Somalian refugee shot dead by police in Brighton, Victoria yesterday after taking a sex worker hostage and killing the receptionist who worked in the serviced apartments. The Herald Sun reports that Khayre had a long history of thefts and assaults, and setting fire to prisons. The Age reports that Khayre was charged and acquitted over plans for a suicide attack on the Holsworthy army barracks, and he was considered a "peripheral player" in an anti-terror investigation. He was released on parole in December 2016, despite reportedly little belief he could be rehabilitated.
The Victorian opposition is calling on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to resign over the incident, but Andrews accused them of grandstanding, pointing out that Khayre was sentenced under the former Liberal state government. Turnbull has said that parole laws would be a focus of Friday's Council of Australian Governments meeting, and The Australian reports that the PM will push for uniform parole laws across Australia.