There is no reason why the failures around Man Haron Monis, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, and the Khayat brothers won't continue to happen. If they do, politicians have a lot to answer for.
The coroner's findings are a spectacular illustration of our culture’s unhealthy idealisation of psychiatry’s capacity to predict and, ultimately, mitigate risk, writes mental health ethics associate professor at Sydney Uni Michael Robertson.
While the government attacks Labor for "rolling out the red carpet" on terrorism, its own actions have placed Australians at greater risk of terrorist attacks, and reduced the capacity of security agencies to prevent them.
While the Coalition tries to paint Labor as soft on terrorism, it misled Parliament about the handling of Man Haron Monis's letter. And once again George Brandis had bungled.
Man Haron Monis had been identified as a threat. So why was he not under surveillance?
Some murders are not just an act of private anger, but are intended to send an explicit message to a far broader audience. We call those murders terrorism, except when the victims are women and children.
Islamic State is as Islamic as the Liberal Party is liberal -- but you wouldn't know it from Abbott's dog-whistling.
Man Haron Monis' long history of violence against women is being brushed aside as Man's world of counter-terrorism takes over.