Australians would be asked to travel to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem under a new simpler census mechanism currently being considered by the ABS.
After a disastrous 24 hours for Australia’s top statistics body, a spokesperson said the Bethlehem approach would offer a more straight-forward option for citizens, and provide a more accurate snapshot of the population.
“I think travelling to the Middle East presents a faster, easier option than trying to log on to the ABS website,” the spokesperson said. “We’d give people a month or so to travel to Bethlehem, and then we’d just count everyone by hand on a specified date. It’s relatively simple. Cheaper too”.
Critics say there may be issues with finding accommodation.