With an Orwellian-sounding head-fuck of an idea that goes by the name of "mandatory pre-commitment", the Prime Minister of Australia - a leader who leads with the flimsiest of mandates - is proposing to have a rather large number of Australians submit to the carrying of their fingerprints on a microchip, simply to fulfil a deal with a single independent.
In an an effort to see many Australians unable to spend the money that they themselves have earned, in a manner that they themselves see fit, 'mandatory pre-commitment' has been set a target date for implementation of 2014. This will require those Australians who wish to partake in the legal activity of gambling - by playing pokies, or fruit machines - to carry a USB stick that contains details of a their personal, government-appointed gambling limit, plus their personal details and fingerprints and will also require all establishments that house pokies to be able to access this data.
Wow ! This is wrong on so many levels that, even though I do not gamble, if this does indeed go ahead I think I may just stick my head in the oven and turn the fucking gas on.