The Federal Government’s emergency response to the Sydney siege has been set out as a national tragedy, the Prime Minister has said.
“The people of NSW are mourning, and they are mourning a national disaster,” he told ABC Radio in Sydney on Thursday.
“It is a tragedy for the people of Australia.”
The Prime Minister said the Government was preparing for a “national emergency” in a national emergency declaration and would have “the support of all levels of government to do what we can to help”.
The NSW Premier said there were “clear warnings” that a terrorist attack was imminent, and the State Government had a national strategy in place to respond.
Mr Andrews said the state would deploy up to 200,000 personnel to support police, emergency services and the police and fire service.
He also said that police had increased the presence of “specialist officers” in the community to ensure residents were safe.
“We are working hard to make sure that there is not a repeat of this tragedy,” Mr Andrews told reporters in Sydney.
“I can assure the community that the NSW Police and Emergency Services are taking this seriously.”
The Federal government’s emergency plan was issued on Wednesday night, two days after the siege was declared.
It is not known whether any measures will be put in place by the State government to assist those who were injured or killed.
It has also not been announced if a coronial inquest will be held.
Federal Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said the Prime Minster was “shameful” for not announcing a National Emergency.
“He’s made a lot of announcements, and he’s made it clear that he’s a big fan of Australia’s armed forces,” he said.
Federal Labor leader Mark McGraw said the emergency response should be seen as an act of “compassion and empathy” for the victims.
“There is no place for this kind of senseless violence in our society,” he added.
“Australia’s response to terrorism and the attacks in Sydney and Melbourne is exceptional, and we owe it to those who have been killed, injured or injured in the line of duty.”
“The Government’s response is a national effort, and Australians will continue to be able to use the resources available to them to help in their communities,” he says.
Federal Government announces National Emergency in Sydney After the Federal Government issued its emergency declaration, the NSW Government set up a National Incident Management Team (NIMT) to coordinate the State and Federal response to any attack on the state.
The NIMT will be in charge of coordinating the Federal Emergency Response Operations Centre (FEROC) to manage any attacks on NSW’s state.
Mr McGraw says the Federal response was an “absolute disgrace”.
“If this has been a national catastrophe, what a national shame,” he continued.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Federal government was a “disgrace” for failing to act. “
Our Government has already made a commitment that they will support the Federal Response, so we are certainly going to support the State in their response.”
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Federal government was a “disgrace” for failing to act.
“My Government is committed to working with the Federal and State Governments to ensure the most effective response is possible, and our priority is to make the safest, most resilient and resilient city in the country as safe as possible,” she said in a statement.
“As I have said many times, the best way to prevent future attacks is to prevent them in the first place.”
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the NSW force was preparing to respond to any attacks.
“All our officers are on the streets today, on the ground and on the boats, to respond as quickly as possible, to ensure our community is safe,” he tweeted.
“If we cannot stop the attack, we will.”
Federal Government says NSW has “robust and comprehensive response” Federal Government Minister Peter Dutton said the National Emergency was an example of the Government’s “robusted and comprehensive” response.
“Nationally, we have had a number of events in the past few months, including the tragic shootings of three police officers in Sydney, and two at a police station in Melbourne, and a mass shooting in Colorado,” Mr Dutton told reporters on Thursday morning.
“And in all of these, the National Government has acted to provide robust and comprehensive support to our state and local communities.”
The State Government has also announced it will increase the number of police officers from 2,500 to 4,000.
The Federal Police Commissioner has also been briefed on the attack and said the police had received assurances the siege would not affect the operation of the police.
Mr Scipion said it was “an attack on police officers” and “an attempt to undermine and damage the police force”.
“It will have an impact on the quality of policing in the State,” he confirmed. “A