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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 411

Mr ARMITAGE (CHIFLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Prime Minister How many people fit into his category of 'dole bludgers*? What action has the Government taken to ensure that those who have a right to unemployment benefit are paid it and those who have no such entitlement do not receive it? Also, when will the Government decide to introduce identity cards for persons seeking unemployment benefits? What will be the cost of the system and will the Government be studying important historical examples of identity card systems, such as the system which existed under the Third Reich, in order to ensure that this new system is run with maximum efficiency?

Mr MALCOLM FRASER (WANNON, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - I really think that the honourable gentleman is off in fantasy land of some kind. He may not be aware that in the United States of America every citizen has a social security card and number. People in the United States do not necessarily find it offensive but the Government has not discussed this particular matter. There is a good deal of speculation about it today. It will be interesting to see what reactions there are to it. The honourable gentleman's reaction is particularly interesting.

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