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The Census Is Back And Yes, You Still Have To Do It

Do you still have to do it?

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At 2:39pm AEST on Thursday 11 August, the census came back online.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics website, which had crashed at a critical moment two days ago, was finally back to take the personal details of millions of Australian households.

Despite the fact the ABS website was attacked and there are concerns over privacy, yes, Australians are still being reminded that they have to do the census.

The census is hacked 4 times by foreign hackers, despite privacy assurances and we're still expected to complete it? #Dreaming #CensusFail

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday that only 6 million households have completed the census form.

PM says that 10 million households need to complete the census in order for it to be comprehensive. At the moment, we're at 6 million, max.

Turnbull is not happy at all. He has said "heads will roll" over at the ABS for its handling of the situation, which quickly descended into farce on census night.

Australians will be given until 23 September to complete the form, with people running the risk of fines of $180 per day after that date for not completing it.

I'm wondering if there is literally anyone dumb enough to go "hooray census is back online. I'm gonna complete it now"

But with the ABS making a total hash of it, will it dare send out the fines to people who don't do it? Time will tell.

There are people who will have died since Tuesday night without having been able to complete the census first

Mark Di Stefano is a Media and Politics Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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