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Jul 14, 2016

The census cannot force you to give your name

Compelling Australians to give their names to the census taker is unconstitutional, writes Bill McLennan, Australian Statistician 1995-2000.

Census collectors do their rounds
Census collectors do their rounds

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  1. Joey Seaside

    How are people filling in this piece of shite? I want to give as much false info and leave out personal details without potentially facing a fine. How do I go about this? Can I submit the form without my name, address, signature. What will happen?