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‘No Religion’ debate rages on as Australian log on to census

‘No Religion’ debate rages on as Australian log on to census

As millions of Australians log on to complete the 2021 census debate over one of the questions has amped up. What is your religion? Every Australian census has asked questions about what our religious beliefs are, but over the years the way the question has been presented has been updated to reflect our changing community […]

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Labor says sexuality and gender questions should have been in the census

just.equal Australia has welcomed support from Shadow Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones for counting LGBTIQA+ people in the Census. Jones, whose portfolio covers the Bureau of Statistics and the Census, made the comment following a call from just.equal Australia on Friday for Labor to reveal its policy on the issue. Labor’s stance contrasts with the Federal […]

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just.equal calls on Labor to commit to LGBTIQ inclusion in 2026 census

just.equal calls on Labor to commit to LGBTIQ inclusion in 2026 census

Equality advocates want a commitment from Labor to counting LGBTIQA+ Australians in the 2026 Census. just.equal Australia has written to Labor’s shadow assistant treasurer, Stephen Jones, asking for Labor’s position and seeking a commitment to questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and variations of sex characteristics. The national advocacy group has partnered with a number […]

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LGBTIQ+ Health Australia are holding an online seminar about the census

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia are holding an online seminar about the census

  LGBTIQ+ Health Australia are holding an online forum about the upcoming Australian census, and how people in the LGBTIQ+ communities can make sure information about their lives is effectively included in the next census in 2026. The event will feature two guest speakers from the ABS who will discuss the importance of the census, […]

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Advocates condemn 2021 Census for excluding LGBTQIA+ Australians

Advocates condemn 2021 Census for excluding LGBTQIA+ Australians

Equality advocates have launched a declaration that condemns the upcoming Australian Census for excluding LGBTQIA+ Australians. just.equal Australia’s declaration, which has already been co-signed by a number of Australian LGBTIQ+ community organisations, says the national Census on August 10th will perpetuate the invisibility of LGBTIQA+ people and make it harder to address the needs of […]

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Journalist Leisa Goddard says students are identifying as cats

Leisa Goddard says high school students are identifying as cats  Journalist and PR expert Leisa Goddard raised concern about proposed changes to the next census from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), noting that she’s aware of high school students who identify as felines. The ABS had made a recommendation that a greater number of […]

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ABS says no gender questions will be in the census

ABS says no gender questions will be in the census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has clarified that no questions about gender identity will be asked in the upcoming national census. The questions and topics for the 2021 census were announced in November 2020, but recently there has been a flurry of media reports, talkback radio discussion and media commentary on the topic, triggered […]

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New ABS guidelines welcomed but LGBTIQ+ still absent from Census

New ABS guidelines welcomed but LGBTIQ+ still absent from Census

National LGBTIQ+ advocates have welcomed the new guidelines from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) regarding data collection on sex, gender, sexual orientation and variations of sex characteristics. Formerly named the Sex and Gender Standard, the new document expands the scope to include Sex, Gender, Variation of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables. LGBTIQ+ Health […]

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Richmond Wellbeing CEO calls for LGBTI inclusion in census

Richmond Wellbeing CEO calls for LGBTI inclusion in census

Adrian Munro, the CEO of mental health organisation Richmond Wellbeing is calling for the inclusion of diverse sexuality, sex and gender in the 2021 Census. “We are calling on the Government to change the next census to better reflect our community and include sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status,” Munro said. “This is not […]

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New census sexuality questions removed after feedback from minister

New census sexuality questions removed after feedback from minister

Reports have emerged that new questions that included sexuality and gender identity were dumped from the census after feedback from government minister Michael Sukkar. The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed to Senate Estimates that of the 40,000 test forms of the census, 20,000 of those which featured new questions about gender and sexuality were destroyed. […]

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