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Greens reject ID card.

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Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales

Greens reject ID card

Senator Nettle, 7th February 2007

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle has indicated the Greens opposition to the government's proposed 'Access Card' and will vote against the legislation when it is introduced to Parliament this week.

"The Greens don't often agree with Bronwyn Bishop but in relation to a national ID card we share her concerns about the dangers of the government's 'Access Card' legislation, Senator Nettle said.

"It simply isn't credible for the government to pretend this is not an ID card. Each 'Access Card' will have a biometric photograph and record all the holder's essential identity details.

"The advertised savings to the government of around $3billion over ten years are not firm figures and once the cost of the implementation of the system is subtracted we could see no benefit from adopting the card at all.

"From a security point of view ID cards represent a double edged sword which both makes assuming fake identity harder but also makes successful fake identities involving fake cards much more effective and dangerous.

"The Greens are opposed to setting up national ID infrastructure which will threaten privacy and could allow government agencies and commercial interests to track citizens' status and behaviour.

"The 'Access Card' also poses a serious threat to identity security. The 'Access Card' could effectively define a person's identity in a way which would be very damaging if the information on that card was misused, corrupted or simply wrong."

"Australians are right to be worried about the new access/ID card system because it is not clear who will control access to their records, including a biometric photo and how this access will be managed into the future.

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