The politicians seem to have woken up to the problems facing New Zealand in the face of Islamic terrorism.
As the Police wrap up the scene in Martin Place Sydney after a nutter Muslim cleric from Iran who was on bail as accessory to murder held hostages at gunpoint they are now coming forward show their support behind recent legislation.
The MP who chaired the anti-terrorist legislation rushed through Parliament last week, Mike Mitchell, says the bill was “100 per cent” justified.
And he said he had had messages yesterday thanking him for the bill in light of the Sydney hostage crisis.
“It becomes a lot more real for people when it’s three hours across the ditch.”
Labour leader Andrew Little, who also supported the new powers, said the sorts of risks the law dealt with “are real”.
Mr Mitchell, a former security specialist who ran a company in the Middle East for 10 years, said New Zealand was not immune.
“We don’t have some sort of magic inoculation that means we couldn’t be exposed to some sort of extremist actions here.”