On Tuesday August 9th Australia is having a Census and it is expected that around 30 per cent of us will complete the Census online, this being up from 10 per cent in 2006. Advice regarding the census provides:
And while it may be funny to enter Jedi or even Pastafarian as your faith if you’re not particularly religious, you should know that your vote won’t count.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics advise that they simply encourage you to “answer truthfully” – which would seem to contradict the fact that one cannot count oneself as a Jedi Knight or a Pastafarian.
Sadly Jedi is not holding it’s own: the 2001 Census provided that approximately 70,000 Australians counted themselves as being Jedi or Jedi Knight, however by the time of the 2006 Census this had been reduced to 55,000 Jedis.
Addendum: for those interested in becoming a Pastafarian, please visit the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
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