House of Representatives Committees

Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Committee activities (inquiries and reports)

Saving our census and preserving our history

This report remains the property of the Commonwealth of Australia 1998.

ISBN 0 644 52577 0.

The report of the inquiry into the treatment of name-identified census forms was tabled in the House of Representatives on 25 May 1998. The Government response to this report was tabled on 6 April 2000.

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Contents

Foreword

Membership of the Committee

Terms of reference

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 A history of the current practice

Chapter 3 Effects on data quality of retaining census forms

Chapter 4 Privacy concerns

Chapter 5 Research value of name-identified census records

Chapter 6 Costs of retaining census records

Chapter 7 Conclusions and recommendations

Appendices

Appendix A List of Submissions

Appendix B List of Exhibits

Appendix C List of Witnesses

Appendix D Sample form from the 1996 Census

 

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