The war over “no religion” on the 2016 Australian Census

Meredith Doig / 28 February 2016

Next year's census has been reformatted. Some think it will provide a more accurate snapshot of Australia’s religious make-up; others reckon it will unfairly skew the results.

Source: The war over "no religion" on the 2016 Australian Census - Religion and Ethics Report - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

freedom of religion and belief in australiaFor the very first time the option of "no religion" will be placed above all other religious denominations when you fill-out the national census next August. Having previously appeared at the bottom of the list, "no religion" will appear first.

Some observers predict that this will result in nearly half the population ticking that top box.

Will this reformatting of the question yield a more accurate snapshot of Australia’s religious make-up, or simply skew the results differently?


All the more reason.

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