Is the Australian government illegally using data collected and held by the Australian Immunisation Register to deny entitlement to means-tested family benefits?

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3 thoughts on “Is the Australian government illegally using data collected and held by the Australian Immunisation Register to deny entitlement to means-tested family benefits?

  1. I often think in the first place we as human beings have the right to say no to all things and also the right to be left alone. This whole debate seems to at first preclude this as if we need to justify our positions in the first place. But of course what rights do anyone of us have I wonder. The debate become one of the State VS the Individual. Is it apparent now we have privileges that the State grant us rather than rights as individuals we hold? To now think governments can restrict benefits to families for some kind of health reason. If this is the case so now why don’t they also restrict benefits like pensions and unemployment to those individuals who are doing actual harm by excessive smoking and drinking. This debate could point out the inequity of it all, but in the end for all of us we people should be free to control our own lives because as humans that is our fundamental right to choose and be left alone. A family benefit is just that a benefit to support families and their main beneficiary, the children . To remove that benefit for any reason should be seen as discrimination and to now use a database to hunt down well meaning individuals is akin to abuse of our trust. During WW2 the Nazi’s hunted down the Jews because they had the warped view of Racial Ideology. Is this now not the same based on a similar kind of thinking. How will the people now on databases be victimised. This is just the thin edge of the wedge we are seeing. When previous Australian governments had a so called vision for children of aboriginal families, children were forcibly removed. What is so different in this debate today I ask?

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