Is Australia Turning into a Surveillance State?

Written by Christopher Drummond

In Australia today, surveillance is not just a matter of security cameras. The government deploys a wide variety of tools from online and digital surveillance, QR codes and checking in, vaccine passports, and now digital identity to infringe on the freedom of Australians. 

“Digital Identity” is the government’s new tool to collect piles of data on Australian citizens all in one place. Marketed as making “accessing government services online simpler”, it hides the same disturbing ramifications. One such is the potential collection and storing of your biographical data (biodata) which is the amalgamation of all aspects of a person, including opinions, beliefs, values, attitudes etc. which can be used to predict future behaviour. While the government claims that your biodata will be restricted from collection, it allows exceptions in “narrow circumstances”. But who decides what these narrow circumstances are? That power lies in the hands of the Oversight Authority, which is meant to bring accountability to the process. But the question remains, who appoints this Authority? Will it be the government itself who appoints those meant to keep them accountable? There is certainly precedent for this kind of behaviour. For instance, the Foreign Investment Review Board is made up of overpaid handpicked government cronies who rubber-stamp everything, especially Chinese “investment”, allowing China to buy up as much of Australia as they want. What reason has we to believe that this “Oversight Authority” won’t just be another “jobs for the boys” scheme to help out politicians’ mates, disguised as accountability?

Furthermore, there is The Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2021 which creates three new warrants to target “serious and organised crime” that utilise “anonymising technologies” online. But what do they mean by crime though? Once, we may have rest assured that this kind of legislation would only target actual criminals, like gang members and drug smugglers. But as we have seen over the past couple of years, ordinary Australians just standing up for our rights have been treated like criminals. Who is to say that the definition of “organised crime” might not be wrongly applied to people who criticise the government?

What we are seeing here is part of a move towards a system comparable to the social credit system in China. In China, we see rewards for the compliant and punishment for the non-compliant with access to plane tickets, opportunities, and certain jobs restricted to those who are considered “good citizens” by the Chinese government. Sound familiar? 

China’s one defence is that at the very least they are upfront and honest about what they are doing, they are not trying to trick their citizens. That much can not be said for our government that still pretends that the huge infringements on our freedoms and privacy are just about “keeping us safe.”

Have your Say Today – Public consultation on Australia’s Digital Identity legislation closes 27th Oct 2021

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Responses

  1. They may call it surveillance but it is nothing less than an additional all powerful tool to take total control control of mind and body of our citizen! At some stage they will abolish the privacy act entirely I have no doubt! The problem is we DO NOT WANT to accept that all these measures brought to bear on us, BY DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED POLITICIANS NO LESS have long been planned and developed well ahead of the pandemic WE HAD TO HAVE! I say it again it is part and partial of the GREAT RESET to be completed by 2030 as ANNOUNCED by the NWO in 2019!

  2. Surveillance!
    I don’t recall any morally binding blanket prohibition of surveillance anywhere anytime. As far as I can see there cannot be a blanket prohibition of “surveillance”; what does it mean? Does it mean that one must not observe what your friends, relatives and neighbours say and do so that you cannot approve or disapprove, advise or remonstrate with them? Does it mean that parents may not “keep an eye on” their children to protect them from “bad company” and to promote wisdom and virtue in their lives? Does it mean that we must not scrutinise the activities of corporate and individual criminals to try to protect ourselves and our dependents from their depredations? The list goes on endlessly.

    My contention is that it is not “surveillance” or observation that is nasty or reprehensible but the why it’s done. If the intention is to harm your neighbour (such as a robber or murderer “surveilling” his intended victim to decide when and how he will execute his plan) it’s not the surveillance that is evil but the intention behind it.

    Then there is the abysmally silly idea that the opinion of a bunch of people who have been deformed by the principles of the modern “enlightenment” are the arbiter of good and evil. I think it’s very likely that just about any contemporary bunch of “educated” adolescents would democratically insist that parental supervision (surveillance) is an invasion of their “freedom”.

    The Chinaman boogeyman; I still hope that the deeply culturally entrenched “honour thy father and mother” will survive that poor nation’s annexation by the “enlightenment”. Even the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) show signs of not being as compliant to the supranational, ideologically misanthropic secretocracy and plutocracy as the Anglophones ‘Masonic world.

  3. How much more info can they get from us? Let’s get rid of
    all current governments and try our best to get our Victoria
    back again. A big ask, I know.

  4. The DARKEST TIME for our Victorian population has arrived!!! Psychopath Andrews is BRINGING A NEW EMERGENCY LEGISLATION BEFORE PALIAMENT!! THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE “PERMANENT” AND ANDREWS CAN INFORCE IT ANYTIME AT WILL! SIMPLY PUT IF THIS LEGISLATION PASSES VICTORIA WILL BECOME A DICTATORSHIP, MUCH LIKE CHINA!
    IT IS ALMOST CERTAIN TO PASS BECAUSE THE, SOCALLED INDEPENDENTS IN PARLIAMENT WILL VOTE IT IN AFTER ALL THAT GRUBBY BUNCH OF CROOKES ARE TRULY ALL IN IT TOGETHER!
    I KNOW THIS CAN NOT SUCCEED BUT UNLESS WE TRULY UNITE AND FIGHT THIS THERE IS NO TELLING WHAT HUMAN RIGHTS, EVEN THOSE ENSHRINED IN OUR AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION WILL SURVIVE!

    1. Agree! Dangerous, delinquent Dan gave us a clue when he signed up for China’s belt and road shortly after being elected. Interesting that he deceptively committed to mention it on his campaign trail.

  5. When push comes to shove use a dumb phone, while you can still get one. You can’t install digital ID on a dumb phone. Assuming of course if digital ID comes in the form of an app?

  6. I do not want to bore anyone but I forgot to mention a very important point.
    There soon will come a time when the free citizen on this globe will have to decide whether they are content to live a life of slavery or die, if they must, with their self pride and dignity intact. A bit over the top, you say!
    Really? Open your eyes and weep. God bless.

  7. What I want to know is – – – wheeeeeeere’s the Prime Minister? The so called leader of this country, the representative of the people!!!!! And we know he can override the Victorian premier because he has done it to the premier of NSW. So where is he???? Getting ready to go to Scotland to be a greenie while Australians in Victoria are being prepared to be turned into prisoners, whether vaccinated or not!!!!! Or is he and all the other premiers and cronies, waiting to see how this “permanent state of emergency” bill goes?

  8. Ted O’Brien’s “standard” reply ….. Thank you for your email and letting Ted know your position on this issue.

    While we strive to answer emails individually, please forgive us for responding with the same email that will go to all who have emailed Ted regarding the proposed Trusted Digital Identity Bill 2021.

    The Australian Government’s Digital Identity system is a simple, safe and secure way for Australians to prove who they are online, it is like a 100-point check of ID, just online.

    Digital Identity is available to use today with over 4.5 million Australians already choosing to create a Digital Identity, which are being used along with over 1.3 million Australian businesses to access 80 government services online.

    The Bill supports the expansion of Australia’s Digital Identity System, whilst enshrining safeguards to ensure trust and confidence that the system and personal information is safe and secure.
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    Our nation has transformed the way we go about our daily lives, using the internet to do our shopping to banking to accessing government services, so we are acting to ensure there is a secure, safe and easy way for Australians to access these services.

    A safe, thriving digital economy is the best way we can grow the Australian economy. A safe, thriving digital economy is not possible without digital identity – that is, a safe, secure and convenient way for Australians to prove their identity online.

    Digital Identity is already entirely voluntary and ‘opt-in’ for the people who choose to use it.

    If people can’t use Digital Identity, or don’t want to, they can keep accessing government services online, over the phone or in person at government shop fronts. There is no need for them to ‘opt-out’ of the system to access the services they need.

    People always have full control over their information on the system.

    Biometric information, such as a person’s photo, can only be checked with their consent directly against the photo provided on their identity documents, such as a driver license or passport photo – it can’t be checked against other biometric databases.

    That means that the photo someone takes of themself is matched only against the photo on their identity document, such as their passport.

    The Bill provides that people’s biometric information must not be retained unless the entity has been given an exemption for testing. Even if the entity has been granted such an exemption, there is a hard cap of 14 days – after this point, it must be permanently deleted. This will ensure there is no risk of the system evolving into a new biometric data store.

    The digital identity system operates under existing laws including the Privacy Act. The Trusted Digital Identity Bill will put additional safeguards in place over and above those already in force.

    The legislation, which once passed by Parliament, will also establish permanent oversight and governance structures and enshrines in law important privacy and consumer protections.

    The Government has been actively engaging all interested parties throughout the consultation process and this commitment to co-design and ongoing conversation continues with the opportunity to comment on the proposed legislation.

    I would encourage you to make a submission during the consultation period (open until 4pm – Bris-time – tomorrow, 27 October). Link HERE. The draft bill is available to review at http://www.digitalidentity.gov.au.

    I trust this information is of assistance.

    Kind regards
    Team Ted