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Hull says public feedback on health and social services access card wanted.



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HULL SAYS PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES ACCESS CARD WANTED

22 June 2006 The Nationals Member for Riverina, Kay Hull, is encouraging the community of Riverina to be involved in the debate about the health and social services access card. The Access Card Consumer and Privacy Taskforce, chaired by Professor Allan Fels AO, has released its first Discussion Paper, seeking community submissions. “This paper gives people the opportunity to understand more about the access card and how it will cut red tape in claiming health and social services,” Mrs Hull said. “It also considers the issues of privacy, how to improve the security of people’s personal information, whilst ensuring the card does not become a national identity card. “The government has ruled out a national identity card and we want to make it clear that the access card is very different from those sorts of concepts.” Mrs Hull said this is the first step in a series that will help ensure Australians are informed of what the access card involves and what benefits it will deliver. “Public input is highly important to Professor Fels and the Taskforce’s work and submissions are invited in response to this Discussion Paper by 27 July”, Mrs Hull said. Contacts for a copy of the Discussion Paper or to make a submission to the Taskforce: Web: www.humanservices.gov.au Mail Access Card Consumer and Privacy Taskforce PO Box 3959 MANUKA ACT 2603 Email a.fels@humanservices.gov.au (End) For further information contact Rosie Ellis on 02 6921 4600 or 0428 214 600.