Nor­folk Is­lan­ders dis­pute cen­sus re­sult

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

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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