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The Sydney siege: courage, compassion and connectedness

Annette K Hoskin, Marcus D Atlas and David A Mackey
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (7): 360. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00167
Published online: 20 April 2015

To the Editor: Raphael and Burns highlighted the strong police response to the hostage situation in Sydney in 2014.1 Diversionary devices, such as the flash-bang grenades used in Sydney, have been increasingly used to distract and disorientate people in civilian hostage and riot situations internationally. While not intended to cause permanent damage, there are risks associated with their use.

  • Annette K Hoskin
  • Marcus D Atlas
  • David A Mackey

  • University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.

Correspondence: annettehoskin@lei.org.au

Acknowledgements: 

Annette Hoskin's position receives funding from the Joyce Henderson Bequest Fund.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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