First I'd heard of this. I think it's an outrageous intrusion on people's privacy to demand and save their names in the census.
Also, doesn't it undermine the accuracy of the results? Will anyone want to give the census chapter and verse now?
Joe - did a quick search, sorry if a duplicate thread
The Bureau of Statistics endangers the census by asking for names - July 20 2016 - Peter Martin, SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-bu...19-gq9crr.html
Expect to hear lots about the census. From August 1 we will be getting letters advising us of our login codes instead of the traditional hand-delivered forms. The catchphrase is "get online on August 9".
But what we won't be told as loudly is that there's another more fundamental revolution planned for 2016. The Bureau of Statistics is going to keep our names..
..This provision of our names will be compulsory. At least that's what the bureau says, although it is hard to see what legal basis it would have to prosecute someone who refused to hand over their name..
.. Bill McLennan, a former head of the bureau who helped rewrite the Census and Statistics Act in the early 1980s, says flatly that it doesn't have the authority to demand names...