Peter Harris: it’s a digital revolution, and all revolutions involve risk

The chair of the Productivity Commission says the efforts to undermine the 2016 Census are not without social or economic cost, but giving in to last week’s vandalism has a real cost of its own.

For all the stinging criticism over the Census technology failures this year, the bottom line is that Australia will have do an online Census again, says Peter Harris. This makes it imperative that we reflect and learn from this experience and look to the future.

“When we face natural tragedies, our first leadership response is to say that we will bounce back. We should do just that,” says Harris.

Rather than a principled social protest, Harris describes the attacks on the Census as the equivalent of economic and social vandalism:

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