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 August 21, 2010  Non-U.S.

Tim Colebatch reports:

A coalition government would revive the controversial Howard-era plan for a national access card to identify every individual receiving government benefits, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has revealed.

On the eve of what Prime Minister Julia Gillard says will be a ”cliffhanger” federal election, Mr Hockey has told The Age that giving everyone a single identifier for access to health and welfare benefits could lead to ”massive improvements in productivity in health and welfare”.

But instead of everyone having a card, this time the identifier could be in electronic form.

Read more in The Age.

As of 20 minutes ago, Reuters reports that it’s a close election.

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