Opinion

SOAP BOX: I'm sorry but Census ain't adding up

FAIL: The Census 2016 copped plenty of flak but it may not be fatally flawed.
FAIL: The Census 2016 copped plenty of flak but it may not be fatally flawed. Will Hunter

I'M sorry but I have to admit I'm fairly sceptical of the Census data.

August 9 was a disaster of epic proportions in terms of planning and conducting an online event.

The demise of the server infuriated many and from all reports, had driven many away from completing the survey altogether, fearing security breaches or purely out of principle.

To hear that nearly 95% of the population has managed to bounce back from that and complete the Census is nothing short of mind-blowing.

To firstly remember to fill it out is an achievement in itself, let alone find the time.

If the figures are correct, my hat is tipped to those who persisted.

But speaking with the Census media unit does nothing to ease my scepticism.

Apparently I was making things "too complex" when I asked how - when they were yet to determine how many households were even occupied on Census night - they could possibly calculate what percentage of households had completed the survey.

The conversation that followed actually started to make some sense.

About 10 million homes were under the scope of this year's Census and as of yesterday about 8.7 million of those had been identified as occupied on Census night.

From those, about 95% had responded, hence the figure.

As for online responses or the amount of paper copies sent out, well for now it's a mystery, much like that Census server "hacking".

Topics:  australian bureau of statistics, census 2016, opinion, soapbox, statistics



It's astounding, time is fleeting

GRAB your friends and head down to the Coffs Harbour Racecourse

President puts orchids on show

Woolgoolga District Orchid Society President Brian Newman with an award winning Dendrobium orchid, C.K. Ai 'Oka'

ORCHID Society president to put plants on display.

Northern Beaches sport stars soar to new heights

OUTSTANDING: Swimming's next big talents, Madeleine McTernan and Tara Everson (centre) were presented sporting awards by Kevin Hogan (second from right).

Local swimmers recognised by Federal MP for Page

Local Partners

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Spring property hard to find

SHORT ON SELLERS: Spring is yet to see the usual influx of vendors keen to sell.

Spring selling season off to a slow start

Coffs region is hot property

The region’s housing market is looking up, with projects on the radar in Tannum Sands and Boyne Island.

Units and houses are both pulling strong returns for Coffs

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record