You have to love the Census because it helps put things into perspective.
Homosexual couples vs Jedis
Like the fact that we have, apparently, about the same number of people living in same sex relationships as we do Jedis!
- same sex couples: 33, 714 (so 67, 428 people);
- Jedi Knights, 65,000.
I demand a Parliamentary Inquiry.
After all, why shouldn't the taxpayer fund a costly national debate on behalf of an important minority?
Why shouldn't we pay to validate the choice of 'religion' of a vital 0.3% or so of the population??
Marriage is not yet (entirely) dead!
Just to put the whole same sex marriage issue into further context:
- 71.5% of Australians still live in family households;
- 49.2% of Australians are in a registered marriage, compared to 9.5% in a de facto relationship;
- 7 out of 10 children are still growing up in a traditional household.
The Census however shows that the decline of religion continues apace.
The proportion of Christians is down three percentage points, to 61%.
More worryingly, less than half of 25-34 claim any religion at all.
The number of (nominal) Catholics, though falling, is still enough to keep us as Australia's largest religious grouping, at 25.3% of the population.
But the number claiming no religion overtook the number of Anglicans (though the classic Yes Prime Minister take on Anglican requirements in regard to actual belief in God, which does in fact have some support in actual Australian pew survey data, do spring to mind I'm afraid!).
And non-Christians now make up around 10% of the population...