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Privacy issues have been dominating discussions about the 2016 census.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has decided to hold information given by citizens for up to four years, a sharp increase from the 18 month data retention model previously used.

Several politicians have said they will not disclose their names or addresses on the Census form completed tonight. But how does the information being obtained in the Census differ to information the ABS already has, and how will this affect the outcome of the Census?

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