It is hard to know what to make of this article, which seems to be pressing for an ID card system for Australia. Australian Prime Minister John Howard seems to be not so keen on the idea, but refuses to rule it out.
More depressing is the quote from the chief of the Australian Defence Association calling for ID cards because terrorists do not like it:
Australia Defence Association chief Neil James said he believed Mr Howard was considering an identity card because it was identified as one of the chinks in Britain’s counter-terror armour. “If you have a look at Europe the terrorists gravitate to Britain because all of the European Union countries have some form of national identity system,” he said.
Unfortunately this is fairly indicative of the quality of debate in Australia regarding security matters.
(Hat tip- Tim Blair)