Why are we excited about the 2011 Census?

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is an ABS data expert with huge intellect and capacity to convert demographic data into profound insights about places. He has contributed numerous blogs and consulting projects covering economic development, housing consumption and affordability, migration, fertility, ageing, role and function of ‘place’, communities of interest and more. Glenn works with over 120 councils bringing the client perspective into the development of our information products. He is a Census data expert, having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 10 years. If there's anything Glenn doesn't know about the Census, it's probably not worth knowing - so ask Glenn!

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4 Responses

  1. Tanya Meldrum says:

    I’m excited about how entertaining it is to see Glenn so excited about the Census.

  2. Sean says:

    This Census is being pushed around by religious organizations. The Muslim community have had their leaders pushing and the same as the Atheist Community, to make sure that the religious section is filled out properly.
    This is for recognition for number 1. & number 2. is for allocation of tax payers money to support religious causes!
    What this is Census is about is to get rid of our Constitutional Rights in Australia, but people do not see that!

    • Glenn says:

      Hi Sean,

      The religion question is optional in the Australian Census, so no-one has to answer it. For some reason Question 19 generates more discussion than all the other questions put together, but there are 60 questions on the form, and Religion is a fairly minor component of the output (it doesn’t make the top 10 of things we’re excited about seeing in the Census results).

      Certain groups do try to push people into answering the religion question one way or another, but in the end it is up to each individual to answer it for themselves, there is no political agenda here.

      If you choose to answer the religion question, we do support filling it out honestly, as will all questions on the form, so Australia can have a clear, unbiased statistical picture of the nation for the next 5 years.

  3. Glenn says:

    Another trend I think we’ll see – with the soaring cost of petrol and increasing environmental awareness, I think we’ll get a big increase in public transport and bicycle use as methods of travel to work. In Melbourne in 2006 public transport use increased, but in Sydney it declined. I think it will increase in most places in 2011.

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