The Queensland Smartcard Driver’s Licence
Is this the biggest privacy threat this year? If so, nominate
it for a Big Brother Award!
It never pays to rely on statements by politicians. It appeared that, by early
2005, the Queensland Government had accepted the arguments put to it by many,
including the APF in late 2003, that a licence should not be a multi-purpose
But Beattie, presumably in trouble again and needing another diversionary tactic,
re-announced a multi-function card at the end of 2005.
licence back on the cards' Emma Chalmers, Courier Mail, 30 December 2005:
"For the fifth time in two years, the State Government yesterday touted
its plan to tackle identify fraud with a smart card driver's licence using
microchip technology. ... Mr Beattie also said he hoped the Government would
be able to develop a card that incorporated up to nine other licences and
serve commercial purposes as well"
licences not so smart', Chris Jenkins, The Australian IT Pages, 01 February
2005: "Smartcard licences to be issued to Queensland drivers will not
be multifunction transaction cards. Transport Minister Paul Lucas said the
card would be confined to its main purpose of licensing drivers"
planning smart licence', The Australian IT Section, Kelly Mills, 14 December
Queensland, 30 July 2004: "Civil libertarians say all Queenslanders
should be concerned at a proposal for a new smart card drivers licence"
chipped away', by Justin Malbon, 26 January 2004
- The APF's Submission
Clarke's Submission (November 2003)
- The Stop ID Card Web-Site
Qld Government's page on 'New Queensland driver licence, and its
Information Kit and Consultation
Paper (September 2003)