It is with deep sorrow that we note last night’s tragic events. Events that, on face value, should not have cost a young man his life and put two police officers in hospital. There needs to be a full and objective investigation into this incident to ensure that such a tragedy is never repeated.
Our focus, at this time, is on supporting the family of the young man; ensuring that their needs are catered for. There will be many questions that they will want answers to and in the fullness of time we expect that the events of last night will become clearer.
This tragedy highlights the real cost of a failure to deal with these serious issues and why we have made numerous calls on the Australian government to deal with the root causes of alienation and disaffection of people such as this. This is not about laying blame but about a genuine need to identify the root causes and deal with them so that no further tragedies such as this occur again.