The more I examine the The Guide to the Digital Identity Legislation – the overview of the government’s determination to extend surveillance mechanisms as widely as possible – the more it becomes clear there never was the slightest intention to involve the public in any part of this discussion.
It is essentially a request to others, such as large business, the banking system and state governments, to assist in setting up the mechanisms to work as efficiently as possible to share information about each and every one of us in as simple a way as possible.
This is the aim as explained right up front by the Minister in his introduction:
[to develop] a safe, secure and convenient way for Australians to prove their identity online.
These are The Next Steps discussed at the end of the document.
A preliminary view of a charging framework has been developed in consultation with system participants. We will continue to consult with partner agencies, states and territories, and private sector stakeholders to validate and refine this. Outcomes from this consultation will be used to inform the services, charging components and mechanisms required to support a whole of economy charging framework.
The views of the public are not even invited. We are not one of the “stakeholders” they have in mind.
There is no discussion of the dangers and downsides of creating such a mechanism. There is no discussion of how the system, once in place, can be misused. There is no discussion of any problems any others have raised in the past.
I am astonished at how little interest this entire issue seems to have generated among any of those bodies whose aim is to promote and safeguard our freedoms.
You just picture Daniel Andrews with the ability to pick through every aspect of our lives and how such a process might be used.
October 27 will be the day submissions are due. This is where you may find the Submission Form to allow you to express your views.