John Howard, 15 September 1985:
I personally see some merit in having an ID card providing the civil liberties concerns that people have voiced can be looked after and provided the Government can satisfy the community that there is some cost benefit in it.
John Howard, 24 September 1987:
If the Prime Minister imagines that he is on a winner in trying to support this identity card legislation, I invite him to listen to every talk-back radio program in Australia today. I invite him to find out the attitude of the Australian people in the cities. They are absolutely delighted that the ID card will be consigned to the wastepaper-basket. That is so because the great majority of the Australian people have not swallowed the nonsense, the fear and innuendo campaign that has been waged by the Prime Minister.
John Howard, 14 June 2005:
We haven’t made a decision to have an ID card in this country, but it should be properly on the table.
John Howard, 15 June 2005:
If you look at it just as a civil liberties issue you would never change anything.