Legally, Australians have a right to self-defence.
What we don't have is the practical ability to exercise that right. Owning any object for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence. Those trapped within the Lindt cafe were left helpless, as carrying items for self-defence is not allowed under State law. What's worse, the offender possibly knew it.
Read the article: The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Read the complete article: The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)