CENSUS DAY NO BIG DEAL IN POROUS DATA WORLD
Census day! With the changes to data disposal requirements for the ABS, our details (with our names) will be held almost as long as the gap to the next one.
I’d be worried about the government holding on to all my details, but it seems they already know everything anyway.
Name, religion, my health, my address, my workplace – this information is tucked away in multiple places throughout our monolithic government.
Even private health doesn’t protect you – my mother recently received a call from a charity associated with a private hospital after treatment requesting donations.
A number they’d have had to lift from her medical records.
I don’t trust my details with faceless groups as much as the next person, but
to look on the bright side – at least this data grab will make for some wicked spreadsheets when the ABS release it all in mid-2017.
Luke Theobald, Port Douglas
It’s a recipe for disaster for our commercial fishing sector and will lead to serious regional job losses and small business closures right along the coast.
Minister Donaldson is at the bottom of the Cabinet pecking order and I doubt she’s had much input into the key issues, particularly the stated target change from having a sustainable catch that effectively leaves 30 – 40 per cent of fish stocks to a new target that leaves 60 per cent.
I doubt the Minister has discussed this with the commercial fishing stakeholders and particularly commercial fishers and seafood businesses in her own electorate.
The community has the right to know and understand the impact this policy will have on them.
Consumers also have the right to know whether they will be forced to eat more imported seafood as a result of this policy.
Dale Last, Shadow Fisheries Minister