Brighton terror victim named as Kai Hao by Malcolm Turnbull

Australia's Prime Minister yesterday vowed to change state laws so that risky criminals are not released from prison early on parole, following a deadly siege by a paroled gunman that the authorities said was an "act of terrorism".

Police shot dead Yacqub Khayre on Monday after he held a woman hostage inside an apartment building in Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city.

He spent 16 months on remand before being acquitted of the 2009 Holsworthy army barracks terror plot in Sydney.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday demanded to know why Khayre was on parole, saying it raises "very, very grave questions". Monday's incident "underlines the need for us to be constantly vigilant, never to be deterred, always defiant, in the face of Islamist terrorism", he said.

'There should be a presumption against parole for someone who has in the past had some involvement into terrorism-related activities, ' he told Sky News on Tuesday night. Three police officers were also injured during the standoff.

Mr Andrews said he has received advice from Victoria Police there are 20 Victorians who are now part of a deradicalisation program but none are in community as parolees.

The woman, a 36-year-old Columbian [sic: ABC must mean "Colombian" -ed.] national, was bound during her ordeal and had been "very significantly traumatized", Patton said.

The IS said via its news agency, Amaq, that the attack was launched because of Australia's membership of a US-led coalition against the militant group.

He was initially denied parole after serving a minimum three years but was released on December 8, Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Patton said. "He had been charged with a terrorist offence some years ago and had been acquitted", he said.

Khayre, a Somali refugee, has an extensive and violent criminal record.

Police are investigating whether Khayre tried to lure police into an ambush. Three people were convicted of conspiracy in that plot, which police thwarted before it could be executed. In 2012, he was arrested during an "ice"-affected violent home invasion".

In a statement here today, it also strongly condemned the incident undertaken by the perpetrator identified as Yacqub Khayre, 29, from Roxburgh Park.

Australia's terror threat level is now at "probably" - the third-highest level on the government's scale. He pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, theft, intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury and giving a false name, and was sentenced to five years in prison, with a non-parole period of three years.

Prior to his arrest that year, Khayre travelled to Somalia to attend a training camp, where, according to his uncle, "weapons and military training may have happened".

Brandis said Turnbull would push state leaders to alter who is responsible for parole decisions at a meeting of state and federal governments on Friday, including having decisions made by state attorneys general rather than parole boards in cases involving extremism.

  • Zachary Reyes