So the erosion of civil liberties in Howard's anti-terror laws isn't getting traction with the aspirational voters. Let's try this: suppose the word around your outer-suburban development is that you had the pool built with black money. The tax office gets wind of it and, lacking enough evidence to charge you in court, simply jacks up your mortgage interest rate by 5%. You have no rights of appeal and if you whinge to Neil Mitchell or John Laws about it, they'll take away your right to commercial telly so you'll have to watch the ABC and SBS. Terrified yet?