Freedom of speech doesn't mean speech without consequences. See: slander. How is that different? If the first amendment is absolute, then we should let people lie and destroy other's reputation at will.
Without passenger trains, road traffic to and from Paris would grind to an halt, literally, frozen solid. I suppose people would commute walking to their 50 km away jobs, making train not necessary, not at all.
I'm in the exact same situation and hope that Australia shaft Steam deep and hard.
I haven't spent a single euro on Steam since, but still got whatever game I was interested in legally and downloadable on Steam. Granted it was mostly indie games, and those always offer Steam code because Steam is admitedly freaking good, despite it's abysmal policies.