Oct 9, 2017

Facial recognition technology is something Australia can be proud of

Either you love every single measure implemented in the name of safety or you love terrorism, and that's the simple truth of it, writes Peter Chudd*.


If a CCTV camera in a public place recorded and catalogued a smile on my face this week, it’s because state and territory leaders finally agreed to the government’s new facial recognition systems.

Thanks to this revolutionary system, my wonderful smile will be shared amongst a litany of government departments, linked up to my passport and driver’s licence, and will be used to instantly identify me as the man who loves the coming of the future.

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12 thoughts on “Facial recognition technology is something Australia can be proud of

  1. anthony mcconnell

    Also I’m a big believer in join government and private industry Ventures. This facial scanning could be linked to our Facebook and Google account location services to enhance our shopping experiences and a raft of other life enhancing initiatives.

  2. Rais

    Shouted down the phone line? Surely the microphones in the fridge, the TV, the microwave and the electric toothbrush are sensitive enough without shouting?

    1. Christine Kuhl

      Don’t forget the one in the toilet Rais.

      1. Christine Kuhl

        Actually make that the shower. They definitely prefer the shower.

  3. Kerry Lovering

    Children and teenagers under the age of 18 do not have driving licences and most do not have passports. Facial recognition is bound to fail as it leaves out these citizens.

    1. Marilyn J Shepherd

      I’m 64 and don’t have those things either

    2. Steven Pecl

      Yeah but they can just lock up the 10-18 year olds without charge now – they can keep tabs on them that way!

  4. klewso

    Where do I apply for one of these jobs? …… I like to watch …..

  5. AR

    Given that we are specifically told NOT to smile for passport/driving licence pics, it will be necessary to legislate against smiling in public.
    Which, the way things are going, won’t be a problem.
    Poor Bugger, my Country.

  6. shea mcduff

    “If it saves one life, it is entirely worth the cost.”
    38 women killed by Australian men in Oz so far this year yet respondents to an ER poll could only rank the fear of domestic violence 6th on a list with terrorism coming in at #1.

  7. Kerry Wilsmore

    I am investing in motorbike helmets companies as a new fashion accessory when out and about, though the hijab may gain popularity and could come in many colours. Many aussies will just stick to zinc cream and a hoodie. Great satirical article. Loved it.

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