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Opening Statement on Identity-matching Services Bill 2018

3 May 2018

Morry Bailes, President, Law Council of Australia

The focus of the Law Council’s submission is on the Identity-matching Services Bill. If enacted, this Bill would enable the sharing of identification information of a majority of individuals living in Australia.

The Law Council supports reasonable and proportionate measures aimed at combatting identity crime and effective information-sharing for the purposes of facilitating law enforcement and protecting Australia’s national security, protective security, community safety, road safety and identity verification.

There are many elements within this Bill that are aimed at this legitimate objective and supported by measures that are intended to ensure that this legitimate objective is not achieved at unacceptable cost.

Read the full statement below.

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