Monday August 9th 2021
LABOR SAYS YES TO LGBTIQA+ CENSUS COUNT
STATISTICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA SIGNS DECLARATION
Just.Equal Australia has welcomed support from Labor shadow assistant treasurer, Stephen Jones, for counting LGBTIQA+ people in the Census.
Mr Jones, whose portfolio covers the Bureau of Statistics and the Census, made the comment following a call from Just.Equal Australia on Friday for Labor to reveal its policy on the issue.
Labor's stance contrasts with the Federal Government's opposition to counting LGBTIQA+ people in the 2021 Census to be held tomorrow.
Just.Equal Australia spokesperson, Dr Charlie Burton, said,
"We are now hopeful that Labor, if elected, will ensure LGBTIQA+ people are counted in the 2026 Census."
"We look forward to working with other LGBTIQA+ community groups to make sure Labor sticks to its commitment."
"It is vital we understand the demographic profile of LGBTIQA+ Australians so governments and community organisations can develop better policies and plans for delivering their services."
"Three simple questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics would allow the Bureau of Statistics to develop that demographic profile."
Mr Jones told the Illawarra Mercury that LGBTQIA+ people "should have been counted in this Census."
"The Census should be a snapshot of what our community looks like, not what we think it looks like", he said.
Meanwhile, the Statistical Society of Australia, a national body for professionals working with statistics, has signed on to the Census Declaration initiated by Just.Equal Australia.
Dr Burton welcomed the SSA's sign-on saying it shows the idea of counting LGBTIQA+ people in the Census has increasing support.
The Declaration can be found here:
For this statement on the web, click here
For more information contact Dr Charlie Burton on 0402 016 625.
Signatories to the Declaration include:
Statistical Society of Australia
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health
Working It Out
Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland
A Gender Agenda
Geelong for Equality
Intersex Human Rights Australia
Intersex Peer Support Australia
Suicide Pevention Australia
The Society of Australian Sexologists
North West Pride
The Bi Alliance