>the Australian Tax Office is reportedly looking for more interception powers as well
No time like the present to ask for it then. We have two major political parties that are committed to throwing any remaining Australian civil liberties under a bus just as quickly as they can - either to bring us into line with someone or the ever ready child porn defense. One of the supporters of these new powers, the opposition party, is even going to go to the election on a free speech platform - monitored free speech of course, but that has got to be better than nothing. Strangely enough, with all these demands for subjects to surrender information to the state including mandatory strip searches at international airports, the state itself is quite opaque and becoming more so.