Did You Fib On Your Census Form?

Did You Fib On Your Census Form?

By now, many of you have managed to fill out the eCensus during one of its sporadic appearances online. With all the hoopla surrounding privacy breaches and flaky security, a lot of Aussies are risking stiff fines by deliberately fudging the survey with fake answers. Was anyone completely truthful? Take part in our poll to find out!

The 2016 Census has been mired in a ridiculous amount of controversy. Firstly, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) outraged pretty much everybody when it announced it would be retaining names and addresses for up to four years.

Then, the website keeled over and was hastily pulled offline by the ABS on the big night due to alleged DDoS attacks. Needless to say, many Aussies have harbored strong privacy concerns which the government is mostly ignoring. (Who could forget NSW National Party MP Michael McCormack’s infamous “much ado about nothing” comment?)

Lawyers and scholars have been openly encouraging civil disobedience in the wake of the privacy scandal to skew the accuracy of results. It’s worth noting that deliberately providing misleading information on the Census can incurfe penalties of up to $1800. Nevertheless, many Australians seem prepared to take the risk.

We’re curious to see how many of our readers went down the falsified information route. Did you answer every single question truthfully and honestly? Did you leave out any key information, such as your name? Or did you go hell for leather and invent a fictional Jewish Albanian Jedi with a big mansion and a one billion dollar job at the inflatable banana factory? Cast your vote in the poll below!

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  • Slightly off topic, but having completed the census this morning (attempt #4), I was rather intrigued by the ‘Give us your Feedback’ box at the end.

    Talk about leaving yourself wiiiiide open!

    Could whoever hacks the ABS again, *please* publish these. I would hope to see some really inventive invective.

    • DDoS, if it even happened and wasn’t just plain old failure, is not “Hacking”. Your statement is like saying “Whoever graffities the front of the building again, please fetch me a gold bar from the vault”

      • Doesn’t this depend on how the firewall is configured?
        I thought that firewalls don’t fully scan check every single packet?

  • Now lets see if PollDaddy gets a request for the IP addresses of those who voted yes.

  • I guessed a little on my income cause it fluctuates wildly and i’m too lazy to go check exact figures.

  • I’ve actually written to my MP and asked for a copy of the independent report into this fiasco be mailed out to me. After I get that in three to 4 months time I shall contact the ABS for a form to fill in.

  • So only 1/3rd actually told the truth. What a colossal waste of our money. Wonder what the responses would have been if it was anonymous. Please run that poll.

  • well you have to answer to the best of your ability, having some documented cognitive issues really helps dodge some questions i didnt want to answer. only time ive ever used it as an excuse

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