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This is a much wider problem than Australia, though at least you've got better voting tools to deal with the issue (slightly hampered by having complete tools exacerbating the problem).
Pretty sure almost no Labour parties have been on the side of civil liberties, far as this sort of crime prevention tactics go - honestly you shouldn't be surprised that a party that believes in a strong heavily involved centralised government is in favour of maximising the use of the powers it has. The wierd thing is that the parties that are supposedly on the liberal side of the spectrum aren't making a fuss and are often the ones proposing it.
Labour's not scared, they generally agree with this kind of stuff.
The Australian "Liberal Party" is our main conservative party. They have nothing to do with the American concept of liberalism. Following 9/11, our conservative government at the time also pushed laws regarding lowered press freedom and lengthier detention allowances. The Australian Labor Party in the past has tended towards a status quo arrangement insofar as security matters go, with the only major push by them in the area (the great firewall concept, ostensibly against child pornography) ending up with them beating a hasty retreat after backlash against the idea.
Regarding the current laws, I doubt this is genuine support for maximising centralisation of power, so much as a feeling of desperation not to appear 'weak on security', which the Liberal Party has done an excellent job of using as PR.
I don't mean this as a support of Labor's position - at best they're milquetoast when it comes to safeguarding freedoms - but reading this through the lens of US politics doesn't work.