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Support for a royal commission into banking practices is growing, today's Essential Report shows, despite the government's best efforts to thwart it. And the census is looking profoundly flawed as Australians decline to participate.

In the aftermath of last Tuesday's census disaster, 71% of Essential respondents said they had provided their name and address, while 23% had yet to fill out the census, and 6% plan to not provide their name and address at all.