Jim Beatson, Byron Bay
I think the whole danger of the census is just a beat up by people that are convinced that there are conspiracies everywhere. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is an excellent organisation which which I have had a lot of contact over the last 15 years. They are the main sponsors of the annual conference of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. The ABS staff are practical progressive people who know they need to have really detailed analysis of the Australian population at regular intervals not only for economic reasons but to show the diversity of the Australian population in terms of real and growing levels of permanent employment, sexuality, religious commitment, actual income, ethnic origins etc. Which is the reason why Tony Abbott proposed only having having censuses every 10 years. To save money and to pretend that we are a happy little homo-genius society of white Anglo-Saxon God-fearing true Aussies. Give me a break.
In reality most people supply vast amounts of personal information through Facebook quite freely which Facebook and Google, far larger than the census asks. Facebook and Google are able to suck up this info using their algorithms. Most people do this without ever thinking for a second about about what they are offering up to Facebook and Google.
People love fake conspiracy theories and I believe this is one.
It’s one of the reasons why I’m very depressed about the fate of humanity because people are so easily sucked in by nonsense.