It’s basically Christmas morning for nerds, people.
Yes. Tonight is census night, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics is billing it as our national moment to ‘pause’.
Woohoooo! It’s a non-violent, animal-cruelty-free race that will quietly stop the nation.
But, not everyone is celebrating.
Some people, people that a girlfriend of mine describes as “numpties with a Snowden complex” are planning to leave the name and address section of their census form blank, and a number still are planning to boycott the census altogether.
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Because they don’t like the idea that the government will know the basic facts about you – your name, your age, your address, and a range of other important demographic indicators that will help plan for our nation’s future.
There are a number of things about this that I find somewhat baffling.
Let’s break them down.