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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Kids cards - what next?

It's a bit hard to work out exactly what the Federal Government has as its main objective in announcing that parents will need a pin number or a swipe card to pick up their child from child care.

In this interview on ABC Radio the Minister says it will be a great security tool for parents and all outside of school providers will need to be linked up to the system to help the Government prevent fraud. The Minister can't say yet whether this card will be part of the foreshadowed national access card. Not a word so far about privacy implications.

All I can say is why stop with the child care card? Why not put a microchip on the kids and keep an eye on them 24 hours a day? Its happening in some parts of the world.

Maybe already even closer to home.

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