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Prime Minister John Howard has announced the federal government will not proceed with a national identity card.
But the government will go ahead with an access card - generally referred to as a smart card - for health and welfare services, Mr Howard said.
"It will be necessary for everybody who needs a card to apply for one," he said.
"It will not be compulsory to have the card."
Originally posted by Infra_red
When you can use a speedpass at McDonalds then you know it is underway. I'm in America by the way.
Originally posted by Figjam
With the results of several opinion POLLS on this very subject being negative towards the introduction of a SMART card ( or Australia card, by any other name ), it is my opinion that the current Australian Federal Govt will suffer serious consequenses at the next election if they intend to take this policy with them into their next term of government ( provided they get elected, of course ).
I'm wondering why someone hasn't lined us all up already, to have us microchipped.......like they do our pets!!
Originally posted by Infra_red
We already have smart cards although they are only used for welfare as I know of. They are basically ATM cards that replaced food stamps.(drug dealers and chinese restaurants were pissed over that one)
It is only a matter of time when you will only need to carry one card that has your life on it. When you can use a speedpass at McDonalds then you know it is underway. I'm in America by the way.
Originally posted by ekul08
I am also trying to find some pictures of what the cards will look like to post. I did see it on the news, It has a gold chip imbedded in it, and i'm not sure if its RFID, or some other technology, but i worry that the 'encryption' of this could be severly lacking. Can this card be tracked?
A Medicare card has just a name and Medicare number. The new card has a name, a personal identification number, a signature and bio-metric photograph. It also has a digital chip which has the capacity to carry medical information, address, emergency contacts, concession status, even an "electronic purse".
All Australians over the age of 18 will be photographed, with photos kept in an enormous electronic database. This database is to prevent more than one card being issued to any Australian.
Link with pic
Biometric photography - a way of electronically reading photographs by translating the measurements of the human face into unique mathematical formulae - is notoriously unreliable. In tests at airports biometric readers confused similar looking people. The Government itself claims biometric readings are about 90 per cent accurate.
6He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.