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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Heavy weather for the national access card even before details announced

The Federal Government says that funding for, and details of, the proposed national access (not an ID) card will be announced in tonight’s Budget statement.

However its not a good look that one of the main architects of the scheme has resigned on the eve of the announcement on matters of principle concerning the way in which the project is to be managed, and the Government’s failure to heed his advice to establish an independent oversight board.

The Australian Financial Review was first with this story on its front page yesterday, and the story receives wide press coverage today.

The Australian Privacy Foundation says that the whole project needs to be put on hold in order to sort out the major preliminary questions

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