[LINK] FW: 'The proposed Smart Card - just how smart is it?'

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Mon Oct 9 17:34:12 AEST 2006

The proposed Smart Card - just how smart is it?

Find out at our public forum

When: 6.30pm, Thursday 9th November 2006
Where: PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal, Level 10, Darling Park Tower 2, 
201 Sussex Street, Sydney.
RSVP Essential: Carol Berry (02) 8898 6523, cberry at piac.asn.au

Speakers include:

Kelvin Thomson MP, Shadow Minister for Human Services
Professor Graham Greenleaf, Centre for Cyberspace Law and Policy, UNSW
Michael Raper, Director, Welfare Rights Centre
Anna Johnston, Chair, Australian Privacy Foundation

Chair: Robin Banks, CEO, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available


The Federal Government plans to introduce a 'Smart Card' into 
Australia, which will replace all government service cards, including 
the Medicare Card, thus making it pseudo-compulsory. The registration 
process will see over 16 million Australian adults interviewed and 
biometrically recorded. Concerns about the Government's Smart 
Card plans include the threat to privacy from surveillance by 
corporations and Governments, as well as the financial plausibility 
of a Government run $1.1 billion IT project. In the United Kingdom, 
the Blair Government has been forced to put their proposed Smart Card 
on hold due to overwhelming public opposition to the idea. There are 
concerns in Australia that the Government's Smart Card will have 
greater impacts than the Australia Card that was overwhelming 
rejected by Australians in the mid 1980s.

Come and find out more!

Carol Berry
Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)
Ph: (02) 8898 6523
Fax: (02) 8898 6555
carol at piac.asn.au
Website: http://piac.asn.au

Roger Clarke                  http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/

Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd      78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
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Visiting Professor in Info Science & Eng  Australian National University
Visiting Professor in the eCommerce Program      University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre      Uni of NSW

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