Day one of the privacy debate saw a mostly predictable response from the media to the thought of increasing protections for privacy, with journalists, Fairfax legal advisers and the TV lobby assuring us all that there was no need for any such protection. Apparently your privacy is safe in the hands of Australia’s mainstream media. It’s not, of course. Ask Pauline Hanson, John Della Bosca, Troy Buswell, David Campbell and innumerable celebrities.

Ah, but comes the response, they’ve chosen to be in the public eye. They’ve chosen to play the game. Politicians "have to take the rough with the smooth," said Tony Abbott.