Nick Xenophon
Former Senator Nick Xenophon

The campaign against the Australian Bureau of Statistics' dramatic changes to the census ramped up further today with South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon vowing to refuse to provide his name in the most prominent act yet of census civil disobedience.

The national census is scheduled to be conducted tomorrow night and will commence a program of lifelong surveillance of each Australian as census data, personal information held by governments and future censuses are linked together with a personal identifier, enabling longitudinal study of every citizen. The ABS insists providing a name and address is compulsory, and they will be used as the basis for personal identifiers to track every citizens' personal data.