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Tonight on 60 Minutes, there is a special report on the ‘siege survivors’, i.e. eight of the 18 hostages. A few weeks ago, there was debate about whether the hostage should receive money for selling their story and whether the show should go ahead. It will within the next 15 minutes, and we want to know your thoughts.

The report will focus on what happened on the 15th of December 2014 at Sydney’s Lindt Cafe through the eyes of the survivors. It’s clear there are some missing from the show and it leads us to wonder – where are they? Why didn’t they want to sell their story? Should all or none of them participate in the segment, or is it a personal choice?

Of 18 hostages who witnessed the whole harrowing situation, the eight who are willing to tell their story are Paolo Vassallo, 36, kitchen supervisor; Harriette Denny, 30, barista; Joel Herat, 21, cafe worker; Jarrod Morton-Hoffman, 19, cafe worker; Fiona Ma, 19, cafe worker; Selina Win Pe, 43, Senior Manager at Westpac; and Louisa Hope, 52, suffering from MS, and her mother Robin Hope, 72, customers.

According to Channel Nine, the program will reveal eight different perspectives from inside the café and will present the most comprehensive account of the terrible events that unfolded over 16 hours during the Lindt siege that changed Australia forever.

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Have your say: what do you think about these survivors’ stories? Do you believe they should have sold them to the media?

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  1. I don’t care. They survived. End of story.

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    • Was just going to say how heartless, people should be watching this to just show what these people went through, my god lm on edge just watching it, what terror they had to go through, nearly in tears at one stage, it’s good for them to be talking about it and good on them they deserve the money, l wonder if you had a story to tell l bet you would too. Good on all of them

    • I don’t get it … Everyone was glued to their TVs when this whole thing was happening !!! Now everyone’s like who cares !!! What the hell … I’m not watching !!! But why shouldn’t they .. If they feel they want to tell the story and they are able to get some money !!! These people will probably be so dramatised they may never be able to work again .. Some may never want to leave there homes ever again !!! The Australian public have the attention span of knats !!! Seriously some of you have problems !!! What about all the people on compo for YEARS…!!! That’s ok .. But someone telling a horror story .. Sorry they should get over it !!! Nasty people … Nasty comments !!!

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      • Absolutely agree with everything you say. Personally I don’t want to know what they went through but defend their right to tell their story and get paid for it.

    • If they didn’t want to tell there story they wouldn’t be there, boy they have to live that nightmare for the rest of there lives, glad l watched it heart breaking.

  2. None should be on TV. It was a tragedy, and I sympathise with all involved, but they shouldn’t benefit financially from it. What about people caught up in bank robberies, store robberies, service stations, people who are involved in and witness tragedies like Port Arthur. When would we draw the line? It’s not a never-ending fund of money available.

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    • Ever heard of victims of crime? People are being paid constantly! Watch and learn what Muslim terrorists have planned for the world. Thi unfortunately will not be the last one in Australia.

    • I do agree with you Charmaine. Victims of crime do get paid some sort of compensation but I mean paid for interviews. I agree about Muslim terrorists that this will escalate in future.

    • But there is a never ending out of money…. It’s comes from those of us that buy women’s weekly and watch 60 minutes and even the news. Businesses pay big $$ to advertise in such media because it sells. Why? Because people want to know the story. Good luck to them getting paid I say. There will be a lot of post traumatic stress they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives. Who is going to pay for that? A lot of people suffering PTSD can not work… Take the cash while they can. Who knows what will be around the corner.

  3. Personal. Everybody’s different. Such an awful event to get caught up in. Not even sure I can watch it.


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    • They’re not being forced into it. They’re making a choice to do it. Personally I think it’s a big mistake. This is all too soon after the trauma. Giving them money may make things worse for some of them.

    • It will pay for a lot of counselling and perhaps pay off some debts EUC that might be nagging at them. One less thing to worry about in the short term. Who are we to say it’s too early. I for one deal with stress by talking about it. Some people shut down. Who are we to decide what’s best for them?

    • I think that at the end of the show they seemed to be relieved to have been able to put their side of the event forward publicly

  5. Let them have the money. They have been through so much. It won’t compensate for the horror and trauma that they endure, but will help with counselling etc.

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