This appeared this morning.
Coalition to revive identity card
August 20, 2010
A COALITION government would revive the controversial Howard-era plan for a national access card to identify every individual receiving government benefits, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has revealed.
On the eve of what Prime Minister Julia Gillard says will be a ''cliffhanger'' federal election, Mr Hockey has told The Age that giving everyone a single identifier for access to health and welfare benefits could lead to ''massive improvements in productivity in health and welfare''.
But instead of everyone having a card, this time the identifier could be in electronic form.
Lots more here:
This really is a very bad announcement as it undermines the guarantees we all thought we had about ‘function creep’ being absolutely ruled out!
The possible impact on trust in e-health records and initiatives can only be guessed at.
All I can say is think very carefully as you cast your vote and as Charlie Aitken always says at the end of his newsletters.