It started with a call to police at 9.44am that a gunman with an Islamic flag had taken hostages inside the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. At the time of writing, 5 hostages had escaped or been released with an unknown number still inside the store.
I really hope that everyone will be safe and the crisis can be resolved peacefully.
But terrorists, your grievances have nothing to do with us, our way of life, or the innocent people you today dragged into your sad, deluded world. You’ll never change who we are as Australians. Ever.