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Thursday, 24 June 2010
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Senator SIEWERT (6:37 PM) —I would like to follow this up. I will try to be brief. I do not actually understand the logic of the argument. We have just affirmed that people can choose not to use the identifier. So, particularly with regard to the last argument, that people need this for their identity and to stop mistakes—which is what I took from the minister’s last comments—I do not see why, if you can choose not to use your identifier, providers are not going to need to have a separate system anyway. I am not trying to prolong this, but I do actually want to understand how the system will be different if you choose not to use your identifier, because you can do that, and why—

Senator Ludwig —I can answer that.

Senator SIEWERT —Okay. Thanks.