Later today there’s a very good chance Australia’s official number of homeless people could drop significantly.
Ordinarily, any drop in homeless numbers is cause for celebration. But this result, unfortunately, has nothing to do with Australia’s success at getting more people back into long-term accommodation. In fact there is a danger that this ‘drop’ could be seized upon to derail the nation’s assault on homelessness. Let me explain…
The Census provides us with the only national and state/territory count of homeless people. While the homeless count has its challenges, it’s still hugely significant for governments and homeless agencies and is of considerable interest to the broader community.
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My eight-year-old son Harry was giving me a cuddle recently, and he looked up into my eyes and said: “Don’t make a face like that Mum – it makes you look old.”
Then he took a step back and said: “Wait, you’re not making a face. Mum, you ARE old.”
And you know what, Harry? Right now, Mum feels pretty bloody old, too.
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Super enhanced trans-humans with multiple partners, cohabiting in group houses with adjustable walls and rooms that expand and contract according to need. Telecommuting everywhere from work to the shops and even visiting the doctor. And rationing precious natural resources, especially water, to ensure there is enough to go around.
Welcome to life in the year 2080. Seventy years into the future where robotic humans share the earth with “natural” humans. Or at least that’s the predicted version. As seen through the imagined and collective eyes of a group of writers, social researchers, futurists and scientific types.
National Public Radio journalist Lincoln Weeks has compiled a list of potential. future census questions for the year 2080. The list includes things like, how much water allocation you have been assigned and what kind of robotic characteristics you’ve applied to enhance your natural human state.
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Thank God census night has come and gone. Thank God literally. I’ve been bored witless by insecure atheists prattling on in the last few weeks and days about questions on religion.
For two things are sure. The census will show that a clear majority of Australians believe in a god. And religion is a clear force for good in our society.
“I wonder how many people still believe in God?” my 55 going on 15 year old DJ and artist brother in law Driller (that’s his real name) wrote on his Facebook page recently. “I certainly don’t. Do you?”
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Most people won’t even register that there is something different about this year’s census, but I will be cracking open the champagne and waving a flag. A big, bright, rainbow flag.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics gets a gong this week for being the first government department to recognise my overseas same-sex marriage to my partner, Sarah.
One small tick for the box, one giant tick for the ABS.
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The 2011 Census is likely to include a flawed question on religion that will continue to dramatically over-state the extent of religious belief in Australia in spite of the trend towards atheism, agnostic and the flight from organised religion.
The 2011 Census will take place tonight. Months after that, results will be released and much will be made about the demographic changes in Australian society and what they mean.
Yet Australians are again being asked to choose a religious affiliation in a way that is problematic.
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As an amateur statistics enthusiast and avid filler-in of forms, I LOVE census time.
It appeals to my social curiosity and love of ordered accuracy. It speaks to my sense of community and my enthusiasm for charting changes. It lets me stick my nose into other people’s business with the Australian government’s blessing.
It’s big. The Twitter account is funny. My standards are low.
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Once again, the censorial hand of the advertising industry - this time in the form of an arm of government - has moved to protect the public from the evil Atheist Empire.
Railcorp, a government agency, has refused the Atheist Foundation of Australia advertising space at a billboard location in Queanbeyan, NSW.
Apparently supplying the wording and graphic to be advertised to Billboards Australia on 10 December 2010 wasn’t quite enough time for RailCorp to take in the message. A sign of government efficiency no doubt.
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You can’t understand the history of social progress in Australia without understanding the union movement.
Unions have been the way in which ordinary Australians have made their voice heard in Government.
The way in which workers from shearers and nurses to factory workers have got together to build a common cause and combine their strength.
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