Except I can't fill in the census form online as it too busy. Who would have thought. Every time I have had to fill in the census form, I have done it on the evening of night the census targets. I cannot tonight, receiving successive messages to try again in fifteen minutes. R keeps telling me, don't worry, do it in the morning, and that looks like what I will have to do. I made sure he was person 1 on the form, so I can lie on the form. Last census, I was quite proud to list R as my partner. I am not doing that this time. I will understate my income and fudge my employment details. I have been quite happy to list these in the past.
As I ranted to Sister, I believe in the census but there is no need to retain our names. Not one current affairs broadcaster has responded to the soothing words about privacy concerns as they at the Bureau of Statistics tell us the information is secure. I do believe what the Bureau says, it is quite secure, but nothing is ever totally secure. I do believe that not even the Prime Minister can access the information. But all it takes is a change of law for that to be altered. Our government changes our laws frequently and often. While Australian might be a benign society now, it may not always be so.
Let's round up Jews/Moslems/Poofs/Blacks. We have the data and we just change an administrative detail to find these people out. It can be done just by changes to administration, without laws being changed. Ok, it is unlikely but very doable.
As an example of the disingenuous ABS, the ABS boss in Victoria was asked why the ABS needs the address of our employers? She replied, so that we can see your work travel routes for future transport planning. If I give my work place address, I would give my work place head office, which I have visited only once. That is not the place where I travel to work, but it is my work place address. Tossers.
The government won't recognise us as a married couple, not that I would marry R anyway. For the 37 years we have cohabited, we have kept our money separate. If R goes to the shops and buys an avocado for $2, he will note it and I will pay him $1, assuming I eat half. If he eats all the avocado , then I don't pay. Ok, not quite as stringent as that, but generally we each pay our own way. His money and income is not really known to me beyond that he seems to have enough money, and I suppose he could see my annual wage, if he really wanted to look around the computer or the letter rack. He doesn't bother.
10:36 and still the ABS website is still not working.