Jun 28, 2017

Census mythbusting: have we truly become a nation of Islam-curious Chinese heathens?

We're being swamped by Asians! Our Christian heritage is fading! Islam is surging! Calm down, Australian media.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


Yesterday’s release of data from the troubled 2016 Census gives Australia a chance to assess who we are as a nation, and who we are becoming, etc. And, according to many sections of the media, who we are becoming is a country of godless Asian migrants flirting with a conversion to Islam. The leading topics in the coverage were the fact that people checking “no religion” as their affiliation was the biggest religious group, the large portion of (particularly Asian) migration and soaring numbers of Muslims. But a close (or even cursory) look a the data doesn’t really bear this out. 


By far the most common headline in reports of the data across the News Corp tabloids was “Losing our religion”. See The Courier-Mail’s two-page spread, and small headline in the Herald Sun’s oddly minimal coverage of the Census.

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4 thoughts on “Census mythbusting: have we truly become a nation of Islam-curious Chinese heathens?

  1. Barbara Haan

    Bring on the mighty Heathens.

    1. CML

      Yes, yes, yes…I’ll be very happy when the ‘Heathens’ are 90+%!
      Imagine the peace we will have…religion only brings conflict.

  2. bref

    We’d have been disappointed if the Tele didn’t have a headline we could laugh at. Bit like that NT rag and their crocs. Its just the usual ‘balanced’ view we expect from the Murdoch press.

  3. AR

    I recall a primary school text book, “Fun with Figures” which was a great deal more rigorous & accurate than the mudorc’s rag’s with their “Fear & Loathing with dodgy Figures”.

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