Deliberately shocking anti-smoking adverts that compare nicotine addiction to sexual abuse, and which the French government has vowed to ban, has sparked a lively debate.
The ads show a man pushing a kneeling child's face towards his crotch. Two feature boys and one a girl. The children look fearfully up at him, holding in their mouth a cigarette that appears to protrude from his fly.
Cryacin (657549) writes "Proudly brought to you directly from 1984, it seems that the Australian government has found another way to attempt to get people used to being tagged.
Each school child in Australia will get an identity number via a program designed to track their progress throughout their school career, the federal government is expected to announce as early as today.
The "unique identity number" will be attached to the My School program, which publishes the performance of individual schools on the internet, Fairfax Media reports.
The number will allow parents and other concerned parties to access a database documenting a child's performance during the course of their school years, regardless of how many schools they attend and whether they move interstate. (Or change their name, address, phone number, hair colour or anything else to preserve anonymity).
The move is expected to cause controversy and raise privacy provisions, a "senior source" told The Sydney Morning Herald.