Labor is supportive of modernising and improving the speed and quality of service delivery to Australian citizens in their dealings with the government.
But we are wide awake to the dangers posed to privacy, personal data, and democratic principles if digital identity changes are rushed through without the necessary legal safeguards.
From the illegal Robodebt scheme to the failed COVIDSafe app, the Morrison Government has so far proved itself completely inept in its handling of digital technology that impacts on the Australian public.
Labor shares scepticism as to whether the proper thinking has gone into this endeavour and whether there are appropriate protections for the Australian public.
Rest assured Labor will thoroughly scrutinise any proposed digital identity changes to ensure the interests of the public are properly protected.
Only a Labor Government can modernise government services while respecting the rights and dignity of Australians.