So, nearly three years on from the original Australian Law Reform Commission report recommending a statutory right to privacy, the government is finally moving, albeit slowly, towards adopting it, with a "public issues paper".

No one could accuse the government of rushing things, but in fairness to Brendan O’Connor, who is the first Minister for Privacy, the ALRC report on privacy was a magnum opus, with 74 sets of recommendations, and the government is already dealing with many of them (197 individual recommendations) with the first tranche of its response. Having waited this long, the government has correctly seized on the phone-hacking debacle to go on the offensive.