The prime minister, Scott Morrison, also spoke to the media this morning.
Morrison said the efforts of emergency services workers, who tended not only to the victims but the attacker as well reminded “everyone what a decent, fair and humane people we are”.
He said Australians would be grieving for a “life tragically and violently taken”.
The prime minister has been in contact with police and intelligence agencies, as well as the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, and the state opposition leader, Matthew Guy, and has offered a briefing to the Labor leader, Bill Shorten.
Morrison closed his prepared remarks with a statement against “radical, violent extremist Islam that opposes our very way of life”, saying he needed to “call it out”.
He said it was the “greatest threat of religious extremism” in the country, and applauded those Muslims who were working to combat it.
I am the first to protect religious freedom in this country. But that also means I must be the first to call out religious extremism. Religious extremism takes many forms around the world and no religion is immune from it. That is the lesson of history and sadly modern history as well.
Friday’s attack came at a time when Victoria is in the midst of an election campaign. The Liberal leader, Matthew Guy, issued a statement on Saturday morning.
I do not, have not and never will accept that “violent extremism is part of contemporary Australia.
No Victorian or Australian should accept that.
I do not accept it as Opposition Leader and I would never accept it as Premier.
Victorians deserve and have a right to live in safety and while we can never be immune from the threat of terror, as yesterday’s events demonstrate, we should never accept it as part of our way of life.
Terrorism can be defeated, but never by accepting it as the normal part of life.
I will never accept blood on the streets of Melbourne as the norm.
Only ruthless determination to stamp out terrorism or crime of any sort can protect our community; be it the domestic terror of a home invasion or rioters and gangs roaming our streets
There can be no complacency and no equivocation when it comes to protecting the community.
We must stand resolutely against terrorism. And that is what I would do as Premier.
No ifs or buts, and no acceptance that extremism is just part of contemporary Victoria.
A government I lead will never accept that violent extremism is part of contemporary Australia.
The victim of Friday’s Bourke Street attack has been identified. He is popular Melbourne restauranteur Sisto Malaspina, who ran the Italian restaurant Pellegrini’s in the city’s CBD.
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of the latest updates of the attack at Melbourne’s Bourke Street.