A year ago, the news of the census was greeted with euphoria across Australia.
A decade ago, it was the talk of town.
The census was supposed to be a breakthrough for the nation and bring the country together, ushering in a golden age of multiculturalism.
Instead, the census produced a bleak reality of declining voter turnout, with the result that the Coalition lost its majority government for the first time in the country’s history.
More:The 2017 census has been dubbed the biggest story of the year in Australia, with more than 2 million people who have no part in politics in the census.
It is also seen as a watershed moment for multiculturalism, with a range of organisations, including the Australian Human Rights Commission, calling for the census to be scrapped.
“It is not only disappointing but it is really frightening to think what’s going to happen in 2026 and what will happen in 2030,” Ms Lappin said.
She said the Census Bureau would be looking at the results of the latest census at its next meeting, scheduled for October.
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Read moreThe census is also being used as an opportunity for the Government to make its case for a plebiscite, which would allow voters to decide on whether they want to be counted as part of the population, or whether they are only interested in the size of the country.
Despite that, the Coalition’s position on plebisks remains controversial, with many members of the party saying they were not in favour of one at all.
Ms Lapplin said the Coalition was working on a proposal to make the plebicite possible, which could involve a public consultation process and an election result.
If it were to pass, the plebeians would be given the opportunity to choose to opt out of the survey.
There are also concerns that the plebes could lose their citizenship status if they did not agree to participate in the survey, or if they refused to participate.
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