The failures of the 2016 Census have caused many Australians to ask whether it’s really worth it anymore.
The Australian Census has been taken since 1911. But is it still necessary in today's world of mass digital data collection?
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From the discovery of gravitational waves, to the Pokémon Go phenomenon to the Census debacle, it's been a big year in science and technology.
A line of people outside the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles.
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How can we possibly know how many millions of people are living in the U.S. illegally? Demographers have actually refined a simple formula that's worked pretty well since the 1970s.
Chinese Australians have been in Australia for more than a century, but they are invisible in our records.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Alanna Kamp on how racism and sexism has excluded lives and experiences of Chinese-Australian women from our historical record.
In 2014, Obama signed executive actions aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women. Did they work?
The report not only reveals soaring incomes and falling poverty, it also confirms the gender pay gap has shrunk to a new record low.
What really caused the Census servers to crash?
The evidence the Census servers suffered a DDoS attack is weak. A simpler explanation is that they buckled under load of Australians filling out their Census forms as asked.
If you only consider average depth, you could drown at the deepest point.
Even without a DDoS attack, the 2016 Census may have failed due to the ABS making a rudimentary statistical error.
This is the screen that greeted many Australians on Census night, 9 August 2016.
Despite assuring Australians its systems were load tested and secure, the Census site went offline at a crucial time. Could the ABS have avoided such an embarrasing failure?
South Australian senator Nick Xenophon has spoken out against census data retention.
Senate crossbencher Nick Xenophon will defy the requirement to provide his name when he fills out Tuesday's census.
The act of taking a census is as old as civilisation itself.
Census data have a real impact on the lives of Australians, from determining political representation through the distribution of electorates, to the allocation of government funding.
Women may be happy in jobs that are stereotypically seen as ‘women’s work’ because of the way gender roles have developed over time.
Women may be happy in roles that are associated with gender stereotypes but the gender pay gap persists and women certainly aren't happy with that.
Locating and identifying people who are homeless is inherently challenging.
Susie Blatchford, used with permission
Reliable data about the homeless population is vital when developing policy, allocating funding and developing services for vulnerable people. But first the census needs to find them.
The ABS has safeguards to protect privacy and secure data collected in the census.
Privacy fears over longer retention of names and addresses in Census 2016 are understandable, but are also misinformed and exaggerated.
The ABS has announced that it will retain the names and addresses collected in the 2016 Census.
By linking censuses through time or by combining other information with the census, many more important policy questions can be answered than if we used one dataset alone.
The last census revealed that just over 60% of Australians identified as Christian, but only one in seven of those attended church regularly.
Church affiliation and attendance is on the wane in Australia – a trend that is unlikely to be reversed be the recent slew of sex abuse scandals.
What you get out is what you put in.
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Before Australia proceeds with plans to devote fewer resources to a less frequent national census, we should consider the Canadian experience of what losing such rich data means.
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