Our political system is failing to protect our basic rights. A different approach is needed, one that doesn't rely on hacks like Daniel Andrews.
Our politicians are constructing a panopticon from which it will be impossible to escape. And it won't stop terror attacks.
The Australian Federal Police's casual dismissal of a serious breach of data retention laws is appropriate given the way those laws were passed.
The responses of the media and politicians to terrorism are now rituals played out despite the urging that we should never "normalise" terrorism. And that goes for mass surveillance too.
Now that we know ASIO has pursued journalists' sources using data retention laws, did George Brandis comply with his own law requiring him to tell a parliamentary committee about it?
Revelations of trafficking of Australians' metadata illustrate that data retention -- which has no benefits for law enforcement -- is a serious threat to Australians.
While we focus on the threat of Chinese hackers, we're oblivious to the danger posed to us by our own security agencies with mass surveillance powers.
After three years of attacks on our online rights, surveillance and security are absent from the election campaign -- the result of a conspiracy of silence by the major parties.
It could start with passports, but could end with security agencies collecting images from your social media accounts.
What happens to telecommunications companies that miss the August 13 deadline to get their plans for data retention in to the government? No one really knows.