It’s that special day that comes but once every five years. Australia’s national Census 2016. And so far hasn’t it been a disaster.
“Look we don’t like to call it data mining, it’s more like data fracking,” tweeted by Johannes Jakob on 9 August, and he’s right.
This podcast was recorded as it was livestreamed on Tuesday night. Since then, we’ve discovered that a custard duck of fabulous proportions was unfolding in the background. Some comments herein may therefore seem a little dated.
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- 2016 Census Television Advertisement: Approach, Australian Bureau of Statistics.
- The 9pm Edict theme by mansardian via The Freesound Project.
- Edict fanfare by neonaeon, via The Freesound Project.
- Elephant Stamp theme by Joshua Mehlman.
- Photograph of the Trinity atmospheric nuclear test, July 1945, by the US Government via Wikimedia Commons.
[Photo: Jill Charker from the Bureau of Statistics explains a census form to traditional dancer Peter Gurruwiwi in northeast Arnhem Land, 8 August 2016. David Sproule/Supplied]