Senator Bernardi spoke on ABC Adelaide radio this morning about a national security data-sharing proposal between states and the federal government.
During the 'Super Wednesday' panel segment between South Australian senators Bernardi, Birmingham and Wong, the Australian Conservatives leader responded to early reports the states might consider referring access to driver licensing databases to the commonwealth on national security grounds.
Speaking after the 2hr40 mark on the breakfast program, the Senator said he was concerned about balancing Australians' privacy with the important questions of national security and taxpayer cost.
However, senator Bernardi observed, "If we're going to start gathering data, I'd like to see it applied in the welfare space, where people are ripping us off. It might be an opportunity to tie in a coordinated approach to identifying individuals who are abusing the welfare system ... I know there's any number of instances where Medicare cards are used by multiple individuals. What's the problem with having a driver's licence stored in a national database, linking to a Medicare card in that system as well? This is about reducing tens of billions of dollars in wilful and deliberate fraud."