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Eighteen years ago Australia rejected ID cards. But now unfortunately the debate has been reopened, and people are talking about “Australia Card Mk 2”.
Last night there was an interesting 50 min. debate on this topic on ABC Radio National’s ‘Australia Talks Back’, and you can listen to this online using Real Player or Windows Media Player. But don’t be put off by the first eight minutes, when the Queensland Premier Peter Beattie presents the pro-ID card case! For after that there is an informed, lively debate, leaving the distinct impression that the Australians are unlikely to take this thing lying down. The broadcast includes an impressive, valuable contribution from our own Guy Herbert, General Secretary of NO2ID.
You can access the ‘National Identification Card’ debate at: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/austback/John Welford, 15 years ago.