Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Civil Libertarian's Census Fears

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Civil Libertarian's Census Fears

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HE'S A legal eagle with a passion for civil liberties and he holds grave concerns over the privacy of citizens involved in this year's Census.

Former president of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, Andrew Sinclair, a Maroochydore-based lawyer, said he was yet to hear a satisfactory reason why the Australian Bureau of Statistics had to collect and keep names and addresses.

"Most of us don't want that to happen," he said.

Mr Sinclair (pictured)

said he didn't necessarily see any problem with it being compulsory to take part in the Census, but the removal of anonymity was a step too far.

He said the collection of identifying information may lead people to either providing misleading or inaccurate responses or simply not taking part in the Census, preferring to take the risk of an $180 per day fine.

Mr Sinclair said the creation of such a "honey pot" of data could also lead to governments attempting to gain access to the data under the guise of causes like national security, anti-terror, tax and social security reviews. …

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