we know: Australia is taking an active part in the whole NSA snooping affair, actively snooping on Internet traffic going in and out of Australia. To make it clear, unless you fail to understand the implications: everything you do on the Internet that is not encrypted passes under the watchful eye of your government, and even the encrypted stuff gets noted (and there's a lot to be learned even without cracking the encryption; besides, we know the NSA keeps encrypted stuff, potentially indefinitely). In effect, we are living in a scenario equivalent to someone listening in on all of our phone calls, reading all of our letters, and then some.
Some great democracy you have going here, Oceania. Big Brother is proud of you.
Image: I have no idea who owns the rights to the above image. However, I do know that George Orwell's 1984 is in the public domain, at least in Australia. Under Australian copyright laws, copyright in literary works of authors, who died before 1955, has expired.