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Should Sydney siege hostages be paid? 

With the recent discussions in the media and word that 60 Minutes will be hosting a “Siege Special”, it seems important to discuss what people think about the hostages getting paid to perform for magazines and TV. Whilst 60 Minutes has not declared whether it has paid hostages, it is alleged in some media that Channel 7 has.

I must admit being gobsmacked yesterday when I heard that one hostage was asking for a six figure payment to perform in the media. It made me stop and think. With two people tragically dead, and no doubt considerable trauma to those who lived through the event, is it right for the living to capitalise? In this day and age of media monetisation, what’s to stop them but their own integrity?

My second thought was, if it was me, I would donate it to the children who lost their mother, knowing they will want time to heal with their dad not having to work for a while – maybe this would enable such a thing.  

Then, my justification kicked in and said, well, in all their trauma these people probably need to be able to get something positive for it. Could that possibly be a good enough reason? 

And yet I still feel uneasy with the idea that the survivors are being paid when others in the room died, and their families have to live with that forever.  

Have your say today…. Is it right for the hostages to demand 6 figure payments or similar to tell their story of the Sydney siege? 

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I am horrified that this would happen and that the survivors would consider asking for money. This trivialises the two who died. Shame.

  2. If they get money for the story they should forego any comonsation from the Government.

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    • I quite agree Marilyn. Everyone these days seems to be after compensation from someone. Tragic events like Paris, 9/11, 7/7 happen but I don’t recall anyone hurt in these and other brutal incidents got pay outs, but I suppose they did for their story to the world. Does not Si comfortably with me, but I have not been threatened in this manner so maybe that colours my comment a bit.

    • If they accept compensation from Victims of Crime they are required by law to declare any other money received from other sources. I would also think they will possibly claim civil action compensation from the Lindt cafe so these victims as horrid as it was will be able to go on with their lives but those lost won’t.

    • The government couldn’t possibly pat everyone involved in a crime compensation, where do people think the money comes from? Governments don’t have money the tax payers pay it.

    • Rather like the new word.. covers a couple of different things, don’t you think? I am definitely on the fence in this one.. damned if they do, damned if they don’t. If I am entirely honest with myself and I was offered money for my story I’d bloody well take it.

    • I would take it too but like earning money whilst collecting a pension would expect that the compensation would be reduced by a corresponding amount.

  3. Nobody is forcing the media to pay one cent. They willingly pay
    This is called free enterprise

  4. Yes it is a free Market but Australian’s died and I just think it is unsavoury to profit from that..just my opinion

  5. No, they should not be making money out of it, two people died and they should remember that.

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    • I am sure that the pple who went through this horror would be the last to trivialise the death of those two pple yes yes yes they should be able to accept payment for talking to media it is wrong to say that this is disrespectful to the two that lost their lives and they should remember the two that died .how could they ever forget . They went through a horrorific situation and if they get a few bucks who are we to say they shouldn’t stop being so judgemental and support them and be glad for them .no one here could make them carry the grieve and guilt each one of these pple who survived they will carry their own personal guilt and emotional stuff for the rest of their lives

  6. It distasteful..won’t be watching it

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    • won’t be watching either, I think the direct families of two that died should receive something but no one else

  7. they have been through a harrowing experience and if there are gutter journalists out there who want to throw money at them then I have no objections to them getting paid. It would be ‘nice’ if they were to share their windfall with the families of the victims.

  8. Think I agree with David you can’t have your cake and eat it to, but it does sit uncomfortably profiting from tragedy

  9. This always makes me uneasy when people put themselves out there after some drama etc. perhaps we know that would be the last thing some of us would want to do, but I guess there are those who get off on having their fifteen minutes of fame and attention.
    There is no way I will watch it. Sixty minutes was once quite informative viewing, but like most others, just trashy now. Can’t even begin to imagine what questions they will get asked!

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