ID Card: Coonan flags further uses for card - Thomson

Commonwealth Shadow Human Services Minister Kelvin Thomson has said while Human Services Minister Joe Hockey is seemingly "winding back" on the ID card idea, Communications Minister Helen Coonan has announced on ABC radio some "new applications" for the card.

In a statement dated 13/09/2006, Mr Thomson quoted Minister Coonan in an interview on ABC radio:

"There is even a possibility, for instance, that with interactivity, you might be actually able to marry up our ID card – that we’re talking about introducing, and Joe Hockey is doing a great job in developing – so that people can actually access those sorts of services, Government services."

According to Mr Thomson, this means Minister Hockey must now "come clean" as to what exactly he intends should be on the card, the chip and the accompanying database.

"He should also release the Privacy Impact Assessment that he promised to release back in May," Mr Thomson said.

14 September, 2006

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