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Mar 31, 2016

Why you should boycott the census

There are serious concerns about privacy in the 2016 census -- but that's not the only reason to boycott it.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Although there’s been a recent and welcome focus on the serious privacy implications of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ decision to retain personal identification details in this year’s census, there are other reasons Australians concerned about privacy should consider boycotting this year’s census.

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31 thoughts on “Why you should boycott the census

  1. Norman Hanscombe

    Genuine intellectual defenders of Civil Liberties in past eras such as Clarrie Martin and Roy Fagan would find you a fascinating subject Bernard; but Civil Liberties lost its way long ago as Faux Progressives invented one new “human right” after another.

  2. Norman Hanscombe

    They’d be surprised also by how the censorship practices of allegedly progressive left organisations have developed.

  3. Andrea

    Can someone explain why It was decided to retain personal identification details in this year’s census? They are quite irrelevant to what the main purpose of the census is. I’d be interested to know what justification was given.

  4. ADonaldson

    How would we go about refusing to participate in such a way as to send a message regarding the reason for doing so?

  5. Andrea

    Is it legal to refuse to participate? You say it is “legitimate ” and I agree, but that’s not the same thing. Can you be fined for non-participation?

  6. paddy

    Is it actually legal to refuse?
    (Asking for a friend called Brenda.)

  7. Hyperstimulated

    @Andrea you can be fined see http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/casa1905241/s14.html (its not up to date I think but comlaw is a pain to link from)

  8. Stuart Coyle

    I take it that Brenda is a civil disobedience penguin.

  9. Hyperstimulated

    the fine is one penalty unit or $180 as it is currently

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