The Deceptive History of the ‘Australia Card’
The Australian Quarterly, Summer 1986, pp. 407-425
19 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2017
Date Written: November 20, 1986
In May 1985 Australia's Hawke/Keating Labor government unveiled at a tax summit the ‘Australia Card’, a green and gold photo-identity card for all Australians. The Card would be supported by a central population register to monitor many dealings with government, and a range of tax-related and other transactions.
This article was written a year later, and aimed to expose the likely expansion of a supposedly limited scheme, through an analysis of both the history of the proposal, and the 'fine print' of the proposal.
[Note: A further year on, in 1987, the proposal was defeated. Thirty years later, Australia still does not have a national ID card.]
Keywords: privacy, surveillance, ID card, Australia
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