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Friday, 18 September 1987
Page: 354

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That the proposed introduction of compulsory identification cards should be reconsidered and rejected because the proposal:

Is not a cost-effective method of reducing tax evasion and social security fraud, and to the contrary, in the form proposed will facilitate such evasion and fraud.

Will constitute an unwarranted infringement of individual privacy by the aggregation of a wide variety of personal information of a private matter,

Will cause a further large and costly growth in the bureaucracy and burden on the tax payer, and

Cannot be guaranteed against misuse for purposes other than for which their introduction is stated to be intended.

And your petitioners humbly pray that the problems which identification cards are intended to reduce should be attacked by other, more effective methods.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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