Tonight is census night and no doubt many Jedi, or even Sith, will proudly state their religion. While there can be many Jedi, there can only be two Sith – master and an apprentice – so Lexx fans could consider being assassins of the divine order. Strictly speaking, of course, it is an offence to provide false information in the census – yet at the same time the government has no lawful basis to seek that information.
The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.
I’m just wondering which part of that provision is ambiguous?
Of course, the far more troubling question on the census is the previous question (no. 18)
What is the person’s ancestry?
The government can always tell some cock and bull story about needing information on religion, but why would it ever need information on ethnicity? What does the ‘Australian’ option mean? Are those individuals whose ancestors are English not Australian? Will the Prime Minister write she is Welsh and not Australian, or the Leader of the Opposition state he is English and not Australian?
The option that is missing is ‘Same as last time’ – with the exception of income all my information will be the same as last time. Same house, same spouse, same children, same job …