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Thursday, December 14, 2006

National access card draft legislation released

The Federal Government yesterday provided an industry briefing in Sydney on the development and implementation of the National Access Card. Details of the briefing and material concerning the draft legislation, released for public comment is available here. Submissions are sought by 12 January.

Some privacy concerns and issues are addressed in the materials, but it will take some time for privacy advocates to consider the detail and respond.

In support of the Government's position that the card will not become a national identity card, the draft legislation includes penalties of 5 years jail and fines of up to $275,000 in the event a business requires its production for identity purposes. However there is nothing to prevent a card holder willingly providing the card for identity purposes.

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