A by Michael D. RobinsonNews Weekly
national ID card? (letter)
, July 30, 2005
Consider the reasons we've been given over the years for an ID card: first to stop welfare fraud, then tax fraud, identity theft and now to monitor would be terrorists. A card won't stop that, any more than drivers' licences stop unlicensed drivers speeding.
Criminals have always found ways around or outside the system - always have and always will.
Let's face it, those who are pushing the idea of an identity card are crisis opportunists who take Australians for gullible unthinking fools, that in itself makes me want to oppose this ill-conceived concept.
What is needed is more training of intelligent law-enforcement officers on our borders, effective enforcement and protection systems, and local police forces who can protect the nation and its people. What we don't need are more public servants soaking up resources that law-enforcement officers should be given.
Anyone who thinks a national identity card will stop any serious crimes is either badly mistaken, ill informed or outright delusional.
What if it was an encouragement to suicide bombers to have greater confidence to do their worst knowing they will be more quickly identified by their identity card and so they will be given the credit for their evil deeds, and be given the notoriety they seek and crave?
Perhaps a better alternative would be to pass legislation, and strictly enforce it, making it a crime to publish the name or face of any such person, thereby wiping them from the history books as nameless, faceless nobodies, ignored by the community as we got on with our lives.Michael D. Robinson,
Hurlstone Park, NSW