Every 5 years the Australian Government issues a national Census via the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This is touted as a “proud tradition” of the last 100 years, and that the data collected provides invaluable help towards making Australia brighter and better…
And yet, the information requested is deeply personal, and the provision of this information is labelled clearly as COMPULSORY – at threat of “penalty”.
So can the ABS actually make a good case as to WHY they need our names, dates of birth and addresses, all on the same form and clearly identifiable per person?
And can they offer any real assurance that keeping this information for up to 4 years will not compromise our individual privacy and moral rights?
How bright and great can a nation ever truly be if the means to this end are threats of force and coercion?
In this video, The Rational Rise’s Editor-in-Chief James Fox Higgins explores the philosophical conundrum of Census and attempts to shine a light on the double-think, manipulation and immorality of the process.
***CORRECTION – In the video (uploaded on Tuesday 2nd August) I said that “tonight” is Census night. I was getting ahead of myself by one week. Census night is the 9th of August***