Orwell Grinning Smugly As Govt Minister Calls For All Newborns To Go On National DNA Database

28 Mar

From Yahoo!7 News:

A national DNA database should be discussed as heinous crimes go unsolved for decades, NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher says.

Mr Gallacher is leading a push for a debate on the merit of genetic samples being collected from all newborns and a DNA database then being used to compare crime scene DNA under a Supreme Court warrant.

“It’s something that needs to happen and it needs to start to be considered by governments,” Mr Gallacher told the Seven Network on Wednesday.

“Just think of the potential this has in terms of crime.”

Translation: “Just think of the potential this has in terms of totalitarian control, in just 2-3 generations”.

A spokesman for Mr Gallacher said the NSW government had no concrete proposal to collect DNA from babies for an Australia-wide database, adding it was just an idea that could only happen at a national level.

“There are challenges with safeguards,” the spokesman told AAP.

“All views, ideas and opinions have to be canvassed.”

Stephen Blanks, a lawyer with the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, said a national database was a dangerous idea.

“We know that if there is a national database, there will be people who want to access it for all sorts of extraneous reasons,” he said.

Wherever he is now, George Orwell is grinning like a Cheshire cat:

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”

8 Responses to “Orwell Grinning Smugly As Govt Minister Calls For All Newborns To Go On National DNA Database”

  1. geoff.c3 March 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    If you have nothing sinister to hide you have nothing to fear. In fact microchip instead of passport has posibilities. not easy to lose or counterfeit. compulsory in some areas for dogs and cats, why not humans for positive identification

    • JMD March 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      Yeah, those babies sure are some hard core crims.

      F*** off.

  2. JMD March 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    “Just think of the potential this has in terms of crime.”

    Yes, just think of the criminal potential this hands the government. They are already the biggest crooks around.

    Is this really for real?

  3. JMD March 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    From a Liberal government what’s more!?

    • The Blissful Ignoramus March 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      A Twitter follower pointed out to me that the Police Minister is a “moron”, probably had just had a few beers with the Police Commissioner and excitedly called the first journo on his speed dial as he left the pub. Wouldn’t surprise me.

      • JMD March 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

        Of all the disgraceful machinations of government you’ve reported on TBI, this has to take the cake. As usual it’s enabled by the government monopoly on money, thus power, but this is truly as you say, Orwellian.

        If it’s for real, this government should be vapourised.

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