Proposal for a national identity card

I’ve been reading in the papers about the proposals for a national identity card. Isn’t there a pseudo identity card already in the form of a driver’s licence?

Personally, I see nothing wrong with an identity card. Many countries around the world have something similar. I guess the only difference in Australia is, we do not trust the government, or the entity who will be incharge of the information collected to NOT abuse the privacy of the people whose information they have.

3 Comments so far

  1. Kamala (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 3:46 am

    I’m totally against having an identity card. First of all, most people carry around some sort of ID anyway, and I really, really don’t trust the government with ALL of my personal details and whatnot. I believe that we do have the right to some privacy.

  2. misha (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 5:10 am

    i suspect a new id card will allow the ability to get updated info on the entire population, link everyone’s details into a massive interconnected system of information that will be used to monitor and control. connecting up bank accounts – credit cards – loyalty cards – passport – cctv : all with the potential to be centrally connected via an id card. essentially they will have a “file” on every citizen. it’s reminds me of stasi germany. i wish australia would stop following mummy uk’s footsteps.

  3. Tim (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 9:32 am

    Hey Squirt,

    The geek in me says that a national ID card is not the answer … as you pointed, many ID cards already exist in the form of dricer licences, Medicare cards, etc etc. The requirement is for beter integration of the personal data they already have, not simply another piece of data.

    The private citizen in me says I wish they would bugger off. Some of us just don’t want to be ‘known’.

    And anyway, organised crime will always find a way to counterfeit, subvert or abuse any identity scheme, no matter how well designed.

    ~shudder~ I just had a recollection of retina scanning in the film ‘Minority Report’ (did you see it?). Could this be the ‘National ID card’ of the future? Remember how Tom Cruise’s character was on his way to work and the billboard advertising next to him was dynamically personalising itself to him based on a retina scan? Or entry and exit to buildings being controlled by retina scan?


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