Pour yourself a cup of coffee and read up on today’s top news stories.
1. Sydney Siege survivors denied access to federal terror victims compensation.
The Daily Telegraph reports that victims of last year’s Sydney Siege have been denied access to a federal compensation fund for victims of terrorism because they were injured by a terrorist in Australia. If they had suffered the same injuries overseas, they could have received up to $75,000 – but victims of Haron Man Monis in Australia only receive between $1500 and $15,000.
The differences in the scheme have left survivors from the Sydney Siege confused as to why their injuries are considered economically less harmful than those inflicted overseas.
Mother, Roma Herat, to one of the Lindt Café siege survivor, Joel Herat, has said, “It doesn’t seem fair. It has the same effect on the victim; it’s not any less because it happened on home soil.”