I think the only thing that will "save" us is if the tech companies stand up to the govt and refuse to cooperate, even if they risk the up to $10m fine. Apple did so in the San Bernadino shooting case, though they challenged the order compelling them to do so rather than paying a fine, so perhaps they'll do the same here - then use it as advertising saying "we won't give up your sensitive data" or some such (which will hopefully prompt others to follow suit). Will it actually achieve anything though, or will the companies either say a) Australia's too small a market to worry about these concerns, so bugger them we'll pull out for good or b) Australia's a big enough market so we'll pull out, suffer, then quietly go back into the market when they don't reverse the decision. B is what happened with the online tax on overseas imports with Amazon - originally said too bad, no Au customers can order from anything but amazon.com.au, but now it's back to order from any site and we'll add the tax. They're meant to serve our will, but honestly don't. They (sometimes) make their policies somewhat clear before an election and you get to pick the least worst option but you don't exactly get to pick what they actually do. Hell even if we were to put things like this out to a public vote I don't trust the public to vote the right way, all they need to do is wheel out the "If you vote this down you're supporting paedophiles and terrorists" and "why do you need encryption if you have nothing to hide" crap and enough people will be convinced that it will pass. Sad fact is most people don't actually think a lot of things through properly, and when you have a discussion with them on it and raise the points they can understand them, but in most cases it still won't change their mind.