Wherever it has the opportunity to exercise power, the government's instinct is to use it to suppress criticism and dissent. And it's getting worse.
A confluence of factors has meant that the past four years have seen the development of a police state in Australia aimed at punishing dissent. But ultimate responsibility lies with voters.
Australia's transition to an anti-dissent police state reflects a bureaucratic system intent of extending itself, and politicians who have an interest in allowing it to.
The government is taking Australia down the road to a police state where criticism or embarrassment of the government is punished. This is how.