On census boycotts

Professor Fiona Stanley Distinguished Research Professor, University of Western Australia; Professor Terry Nolan, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Professor John Mathews, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health write: Re. "What you risk when you boycott the census" (yesterday). Most Australians would expect that personal information, collected at public expense, would be routinely aggregated, de-identified to protect privacy, and used to the fullest extent possible for public benefit purposes.