Controversy mounts around religion and identity in the 2016 Australian Census. Political parties, activists and religious leaders have robustly criticized the Australian Government for collecting the names and IP addresses of people who complete the Census online this year. The government insists this is simply to verify the accuracy of the data and the names and addresses will not be used for any other purpose. Other groups have expressed concern at the inclusion of a “no religion” category in the question about religion. Athiests have actively lobbied for the category to minimize the influence of right wing Christians. Hate speak groups have used the controversy to promote their misinformation campaigns.
Australian Census controversy over identity and religion
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