Maryborough MP Chris Foley is calling for people to have their photographs on Blue Cards to provide a safeguard against identity fraud. This digitally-altered image shows what a card bearing a photo might look like.
Maryborough MP Chris Foley is calling for people to have their photographs on Blue Cards to provide a safeguard against identity fraud. This digitally-altered image shows what a card bearing a photo might look like. File

Foley blues over Bligh's card call

PREMIER Anna Bligh has ruled out including photographs on Blue Cards, despite member for Maryborough Chris Foley's warnings the existing system could put children at risk.

Mr Foley has repeatedly raised the issue in parliament, saying the importance of safety far outweighed the cost increase that would result from including photographic identification.

After the idea was knocked back in 2006 because of technological challenges, Mr Foley asked again last month whether IT advances meant the idea was now practicable.

He suggested that because the Transport Department had upgraded its system so a digital photo of a licence holder was now stored on file, when someone applied for a Blue Card, they should include their licence number on the application and their photo could be accessed from the Transport Department.

"The safety of our children is paramount," he told parliament.

However, the suggestion was again rejected as not practicable.

"It was decided not to include a photograph on the card as it was envisaged that individuals in remote communities or in volunteer organisations would have difficulties in providing a photograph of appropriate size and quality, which would also constitute an additional cost to the applicant," Ms Bligh said.

"This is still the case today."

She said other security features of the screening process and card continued to provide sufficient proof of identity.

However, Mr Foley said the response was "nonsense".

"If people in rural and remote areas are able to get a drivers licence or a passport, both which require photo ID, then it is a nonsense response from the premier that it is too difficult to have a photo ID for Blue Cards," he said.

"This photo could simply be provided through information sharing from the Queensland Department of Transport, with permission given by the applicant."


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