For once, it seems I was way too optimistic.
In the previous post, doubting that liberal/capitalist democracy was about to collapse, as David Selbourne apparently believes, I wrote: "I am not sure the situation has deteriorated as much as Selbourne implies".
These were the news today, courtesy of The Guardian, Australia:
Website visits will be saved for two years, says Brandis
Confusion over how metadata laws will work
'You want my metadata? Get a warrant'
Should I worry about data retention?
Oliver Laughland: my 24 hours in metadata
Perhaps liberal democracy is not about to collapse in Oceania, but the Abbott government sure is trying hard.