Dear Prime Minister,
Soon we are expected to complete the 2016 census. In years past it was possible to complete anonymously, this year however it is not. Beyond that, you can be fined up to $180 per day for not completing it by the specified date.
This violates our fundamental right to privacy and anonymity as stated in the Australian Privacy act 1988:
- 2.1 Individuals must have the option of not identifying themselves, or of using a pseudonym, when dealing with an APP entity in relation to a particular matter.
We should not be coerced into providing our identity.
While we have been assured that our data will be safe, we must remember that the Australian Bureau of Statistics computers have been hacked 14 times in the last 3 years.
They are not safe.
Further more, contributing to the census should not be mandatory and we shouldn't incur fines for not participating. Especially such ludicrous sums such as $180 per day for non-compliance.
It should be our right as sovereign entities to choose whether we wish to participate in government surveys.
As our elected Prime Minister, we the Australian people expect you to amend the 2016 census, with regards particularly to our right to remain anonymous and our right to choose whether we participate or not.
The Australian people.
We, the signatories, call upon the government of Australia to amend the 2016 census. We do not consent to being coerced into divulging our identities, nor do we accept the heinous fines proposed for not participating.
The Boycott Australian 2016 Census! petition to Malcolm Turnbull's government was written by Robert Hudson and is in the category Justice at GoPetition.