I watched some of the Four Corners report on the outcome of the Lindt seige inquest last night, and have a few observations:
* it is clear that there were some inexcusable mistakes made by the police in terms of lines of communication. I found it gobsmacking that a hostage could ring the negotiator direct number and have it ring out 4 times, because of a slow changeover happening, for example, or that a text message passed on by a relative did not make it to the upper level of the police operation.
* the police inability to get things done quickly - getting lights turned out in the mall, which was agitating Monis - seemed kind of incompetent of either the police, or the Council.
* the reason Manis executed the manager remained unclear. It seemed Manis was reassuring the remaining hostages that they would be OK if they just co-operated, but he made Troy kneel in an "execution" position anyway, then waited and shot him anyway. Did he want to precipitate the police finally storming the cafe?
* that said, and not taking away any of the grief of the families of the victims, it is still surely the case that a very early police storming of the cafe would probably have resulted in more accidental deaths from stray bullet fragments than what occurred (one.) In a broad sense, waiting was responsible. Once he fired a shot towards escaping hostages, it probably wasn't, and the police seem to accept that now. But it remains quite on the cards that even entry then might have accidentally killed more.