Bring in the Australia Card & all will be right with the world

John Howard, as Opposition leader, 1987, speaking against Labor's Australia Card.
"It involves a level of intrusion of a draconian kind into the day-to-day lives of many people."
Now: "The world is very, very different since then and maybe this is one of the things that is needed to be added to our armour."

And here in downtown Queensland Peter Beattie is talking up the card like the best thing since sliced pineapples.
Mistaken mandatory detention? -- no worries, a national identity card will fix that problem. Electoral fraud? -- ID card. National security?-- ditto. It’s so bleedin’ obvious when you think about it. Cornelia Rau would not have been mistaken for a illegal wog and we’d know that any would-be bomber wasn’t one of us since we’d have him tagged as one of them because he couldn’t go around pretending he was one of us.
Right?

The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearl'd;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven—
All's right with the world
!

Am I right or am I right? When something is staring you in the face it becomes a self evident truth.

Further, those things are said to be self-evident which are known as soon as the terms are known, which is true of the first principles of demonstration. Thus, when the nature of a whole and of a part is known, it is at once recognized that every whole is greater than its part(ergo each individual ergo each individual citizen ergo each individual citizen of the Commonwealth). But as soon as the signification of the concept "ID Card" is understood, it is at once seen that it should exists. For by this notion is signified that thing than which nothing greater or more can be conceived. But that which exists actually and mentally is greater than that which exists only mentally. Therefore, since as soon as the concept "ID Card" is understood it exists mentally, it also follows that it exists actually. Therefore the proposition "ID Card should exist" is a self-evident truth.A thing can be self-evident in either of two ways: on the one hand, self-evidence in itself, though not to us; on the other, self-evidence in itself, and to us. A proposition is self-evident because the predicate is included in the essence of the subject, as "Identity is a card," for card is contained in the essence of identity. If, therefore the essence of the predicate and subject be known to all, the proposition will be self-evident to all; as is clear with regard to the first principles of demonstration, the terms of which are common things that no one is ignorant of, such as being and non-being, whole and part, and such like. If, however, there are some to whom the essence of the predicate and subject is unknown, the proposition will be self-evident in itself, but not to those who do not know the meaning of the predicate and subject of the proposition.

[Image from Fixing Australia]

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