It's just not that much of a change, so I can't understand why people are so worried about it this year all of a sudden.
Anyone having issues and can't get into the website? Ours is saying we don't have Java script which we do and when we call they say there experiencing high volume of calls and it hangs up on you.
Busy today, so don't have time to respond to all points, but just wanted to add that this might be the reason why the Census online form doesn't have the capacity to recognise same sex families.
Check out this quote from the Minister responsible for the Census, Michael McCormack, in 1993:
""A week never goes by anymore that homosexuals and their sordid behaviour don't become further entrenched in society.
"Unfortunately gays are here and, if the disease their unnatural acts helped spread doesn't wipe out humanity, they're here to stay."
McCormack later apologised, though he remains opposed to same-sex marriage. "
Last edited by rainbow road; 09-08-2016 at 13:30.
The census online is ridiculous, I have no issue sharing my info if it is indeed used for accurate statistics, however I have 6 kids, none of whom will be here tonight, the online form doesn't allow for you to add that, you can only put down 3 people who won't be there on the night, I called them and they said just add 3 of the 6 and leave the rest out.. That's not accurate, and how many other large families have the same issue. Kind of makes it half pointless when the data isn't accurate
Also, in response to PPs saying data will be encrypted, etc, I'd say a few things.
Firstly, the ABS has reported 14 data breaches since 2013 - see https://www.theguardian.com/australi...hes-since-2013
Secondly, I'm no computer expert, but I'd bet no data is unhackable. In the last week or so, there was a significant hack of the Bitcoin system (the super-secure online currency), wiping about 35% off the value of that currency. See http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl...receive-tokens
If hackers can get into that system and steal that much currency, despite some of the best protection in the world, the ABS will be a walk in the park.
Thirdly,and again, I'm no computer expert, there has to be some sort of consistent way of translating name details into the ‘code’ – otherwise, how would the information be able to be linked with information from other data bases to provide the “richer and more detailed” information that they are supposedly seeking? In other words, there is a 'key' that unlocks the identifying details, which can be used again and again to get the same results.
Fourthly, data is vulnerable to ABS staff themselves. They're human, and falliable ,just like everyone else. In recent times, a few ABS employees were charged with insider trading after misusing private information to benefit themselves to the tune of about $7 million. Data is valuable. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-1...rading/6324526
Just a few things to think about.
Update for anyone who hasn't received any census info. I just got through on the census line and they're texting me the code to login to the online version. Quick and easy in the end.
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