Pretty much what Hyacinth said. And if you want to see really scary have a look at the new Migration Bill. For many it seems to be a minority issue as it doesn't affect the majority of Australian citizens - only new arrivals. So as long as it's only them and not us... right? In my view it's a perfect example of how our government is trying to concentrate power in the hands of a few, treating the core principle of democracy (separation of powers) with disdain.
It's a dangerous and slippery slope and I'm often amazed how easily Australians are giving away their rights. I sometimes wonder whether it's because Australia is such a young country with no first hand experience with how quickly freedom can be taken away. E.g. there is a lot of talk about the TTP overseas, yet I hardly hear anything about it here. Australia is going to be just as affected as all the other countries, so why aren't here the streets full of people protesting against it? While it's negotiated behind carefully closed doors and even journalists are banned from accessing documents or attend the negotiations, it'll affect day to day life of all of us. And from the leaked documents so far, it's not exactly good news. Not for us anyway - major corporations are going to be just fine.