If the response rate to the 2016 Census is lower than expected, it could compromise our ability to draw meaningful information from the data.
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.
Even without a DDoS attack, the 2016 Census may have failed due to the ABS making a rudimentary statistical error.
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?
Senate crossbencher Nick Xenophon will defy the requirement to provide his name when he fills out Tuesday's census.