Niall Clugston writes: I hope that no one who boycotts the Census ever complains about statistics being inaccurate.

Adrian Hempell writes: The moral panic over the census, being furiously stoked by Bernard Keane, is reaching peak stupid. Where is the moral panic over the government collecting names and addresses for the registration of births, deaths and marriages?

Where is the moral panic over the government collecting names and addresses to deliver Medicare, the PBS, or public hospital services, all of which gather much more detailed data than the few very high-level questions about disability in the census?

Where is the moral panic over the government collecting names and addresses to collect tax, or deliver social security benefits, both of which reveal far more detail than the single question in the census that asks you to nominate an income bracket?

Beryce Nelson writes: Re. “You’ve decided to boycott the census. Now what?” (yesterday). Not sure if this is still valid but in the 1990s there was a ruling by the High Court — think it is referred to as the Brennan ruling — that no one could enter your property without specific permission. Quite a few farmers and other acreage property owners have used this successfully in more recent times to prevent mining companies meeting with them to demand access. It means getting a warrant with grounds that would satisfy the High Court ruling apparently. Worth checking re the ABS and others alleging their god-given right to enter your property at any time.

Peter Fray

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