The Deceptive History of the ‘Australia Card’

The Australian Quarterly, Summer 1986, pp. 407-425

19 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2017

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Graham Greenleaf

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Jim Nolan

Independent

Date Written: November 20, 1986

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Greenleaf, Graham and Nolan, Jim, The Deceptive History of the ‘Australia Card’ (November 20, 1986). The Australian Quarterly, Summer 1986, pp. 407-425. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2989631

Graham Greenleaf (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law ( email )

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Australia
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HOME PAGE: http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham

Jim Nolan

Independent ( email )

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