Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the gunman behind Monday's siege in Martin Place was not on any government terror watch lists.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made an impassioned plea for Australians not to be "corrupted by hatred" following the Lindt cafe siege.
It was eerily prescient, a mangled missive from a man who never felt he belonged to this world and didn't believe he would be here long.
THE killer gunman in the Martin Place siege had corresponded with the head of Australia's internal spy agency, former Prime Minister John Howard and other politicians in ranting letters some of which mentioned terrorism, more than six years ago.
The westbound lanes of the M5 East will remain closed overnight at Kyeemagh after a container fell off a truck just before the Cooks River Tunnel and began leaking fluid.
Gusty winds buffeted parts of Sydney late on Tuesday as a band of dry thunderstorms moved across parts of eastern NSW.
Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock has said that traumatised refugees with psychological problems are part of any humanitarian refugee program, as attention focused on the background of Man Haron Monis.
A nation is mourning a loss of innocence and the lives of two of its citizens, 38-year old barrister and mother of three, Katrina Dawson and the 34 -year old manager of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe, Tori Johnson, who died during the dramatic finale to the siege of the Martin Place cafe after police stormed the premises just after 2am.
A 39-year-old police officer who was injured by gunfire at the close of the Martin Place hostage siege is keen to return to work immediately.
Man Haron Monis started sending hate-filled letters to the family of commando Luke Worsley the same day they learned of his death in Afghanistan, and Marjorie Worsley says she had never felt safe since.