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Australia Celebrates The Release of 2006 Census Data!
It underpins or complements many of our other statistical activities. It supports our democracy through its application in the distribution of electorates across Australia and the allocation of government funding, particularly between the Commonwealth and the states.
The immense value of the rich flow of information Australia enjoys from the Census is visible all around us. It's likely our local shopping centres, transport services, schools, hospitals and seniors centres were carefully planned using Census data to ensure they were well located.
This first release of 2006 Census results also gives me the opportunity to thank the people of Australia for their ready participation and cooperation in another successful Census. Whilst completing the Census form is a legal obligation, in practice the Census is so successful because Australians choose to participate voluntarily. And that participation goes to the heart of the trust and confidence the community places in our national statistical agency, a trust we at ABS value enormously.
My thanks also go to the users of Census data, who once again have assisted us in designing the products and services that help put that data to work for the benefit of our society and our economy.
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