Abbott says Canada is family
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has described a fatal attack on Canadian soil as an affront to Australia's parliament.
A lone gunman killed one soldier and injured others when he went on a shooting rampage through Canada's parliament on Wednesday, about 10am local time.
The attack ended after sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers shot the man, believed to be Canadian Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, dead.
The soldier killed by the gunman, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, was reportedly on guard duty at Canada's war memorial at the time.During the rampage, Canadian politicians barricaded themselves inside the parliament with chairs.
In Australia, politicians stood for a minute's silence on Thursday after Mr Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addressed the House.
Mr Abbott said Australia stood shoulder to shoulder with Canada, and the two nations shared a heritage.
He said Canada, which has about 100 people fighting with the Islamic State, was "today, more than ever" family.
Mr Shorten said the eyes of the world were on Canada's parliament as they recovered from the shock of the attack.
Earlier, Speaker Bronwyn Bishop told the House that security had been increased at Parliament House already, but there was a larger presence after the attack.
"You will also note that we already have a significant armed presence guarding the building, which has been boosted with the addition of long-armed weaponry," she said.
However, Mrs Bishop said there were already "appropriate measures" to prevent a similar attack happening on Capital Hill in Canberra.
Earlier this week, Senate Estimates was also told the actual threat level to Parliament House had not changed since 2010, despite "heightened arrangements" now in place.
- APN NEWSDESK