THE IDIOT OF THE DAY – Nothing like a complete lack of historical knowledge and perspective combined with righteous indignation and a penchant for hyperbole to leave a skidmark on the debate:

Australia has taken the first steps on a dark road to fascism with the creation of the new home affairs super-department, a Greens senator has warned.

Nick McKim says the minor party has serious concerns about the powers handed to minister Peter Dutton in the new department, which includes national security and immigration portfolios.

“This country is walking ever more rapidly down the road to authoritarianism and totalitarianism,” Senator McKim told parliament on Wednesday.

“Time after time this government demonstrates its disregard and contempt for the rule of law. That is one of the early warning signs of fascism.”

Prior to becoming a Greens Senator, McKim was a wilderness guide and an advertising executive. Neither career should necessarily preclude one from some basic understanding of political realities, but clearly not so in McKim’s case who has no idea what authoritarianism, totalitarianism and fascism are. The man needs a volunteer guide for the wilderness of his mind.