Norfolk Islanders dispute census result
13 Norfolk Islanders said they were deeply concerned about the 2016 census, which shows the number of residents with Pitcairn Island heritage has declined 30% in the past five years. They are suspicious of the result, and say it hurts their attempt to challenge Australia’s abolition of their parliament and laws.
They say the UN process, which may result in the community being entitled to selfdetermination, hinges on them being able to argue that the Norfolk Island community is ethnically and culturally distinct from Australia.
But the 2016 census could undermine their efforts because it shows there are only 484 islanders who claim Pitcairn descent, down from 690 people in 2011, which they deny.
Norfolk Island ceased being an autonomous territory on 1 July 2016. It is now governed by the laws of New South Wales, but has no say in those laws.
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