First Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced a plan to apply mandatory censorship of the Internet at ISP level.
Now the Minister for Human Services, Joe Ludwig, wants an e-card for all our personal medical information. Which raises worries that this might be the start of the rumoured national identity card backdown.
Want to bet that the next bout of Rudd Government 'me-too' will be to adopt the former Howard Government's Communications Legislation Amendment (Crime or Terrorism Related Internet Content) Bill 2007. Which can potentially flick the switch on any or all of us.
None of this sounds like the Australian Labor Party. It looks suspiciously as if these senators are in thrall to a bureaucracy still wedded to Howard's paternalistic agenda. Care for an old copy of George Orwell's 1984 anyone?