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Pauline Hanson calling for national ID card

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 12/01/2017 James Gorman

© AAP Image/Mick Tsikas One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has proposed every Australian be forced to carry an identity card in bid to curb welfare fraud.

The push for a more secure means of tracking taxpayer-funded services comes as the federal government struggles to recoup more than $4 billion in welfare payments incorrectly distributed over the last seven years.

Senator Hanson has been a vocal proponent of an ID card system unlocked by a fingerprint which she believes is necessary to put an end to welfare fraud, as listed on her party's website.

"Australians have always been very protective of their identity and concerned about big brother watching. Now is the time for us to consider introducing secure identification that cannot be stolen by others to defraud our welfare, medical, schools, pharmaceutical benefits and any other taxpayer funded service," a policy letter reads.

Senator Hanson suggested the current system is too easily manipulated, especially by relatives of people relocating to Australia, the Courier Mail reports.

"There’s a lot of aliases out there and a lot of people are simply using their relatives’ Medicare cards when they come to Australia and that gets billed to the taxpayer. It’s common sense. People should need ID if they want to access welfare," she said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reportedly not ruled out the proposal but it also considering other forms of updated technology that will allow multiple government departments to update client information in real like to prevent double dipping and fraud.

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke has also championed for a national ID card to deal with welfare overpayments.

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