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Last month a member of the government stood up in Parliament to decry the "totalitarian path we are unquestionably on", invoking the names of Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin and Mao, and declared that the "solution" includes civil disobedience.

The speech capped off a remarkable year in which it has become increasingly clear that Australia is failing to heed the lessons from what happened in the United States on January 6, less than a year ago.