No sense: CensusFail leaves too many unanswered questions

THE dismal failure of Australia's Census website to override an alleged "hacker attack" was one thing.

How our government agencies have bungled the aftermath is another completely, and it is this more than anything that has eroded my trust in the system.

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Although widespread concern over the storage of names and addresses prior to the big day made me think twice about providing all of my details, the importance of the data to future planning proved to be an overriding element.

Plus, the Australian Bureau of Statistics assured the country their information would be as secure as a Swiss bank account, that there would be no issues.

So when it all went south, the contradicting, questionable excuses and government spin just didn't cut it. Now the Census site is back up and running, but we are still waiting for a definitive answer as to what happened.

Where does that leave the ordinary Australian who is yet to submit their own data?

I, for one, am anxious; about the accuracy of ABS statistical data for the next five years, about the security of information I am yet to provide, and about the now unlikely possibility of Australians being able to vote online any time in the near future.

While the government is trying in vain to piece together their story, we are left sitting here with more questions than answers.



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