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If the election is a national compass that will set something of the policy direction for Australia over the next three years, the census is a map that shows us who we are as a society in a big-picture sense, as well as the contours that highlight our varied local communities and their detailed needs.
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At 12.51 am on Tuesday, 16 February 2016, Australia will officially have a population of 24 million people. But who will be the 24 millionth Australian, and what does a population of 24 million mean for our country?
Australia's communities are undergoing significant transformation from the horizontal suburbs to the growth of these vertical communities, as people rent more, move more frequently, and transition across more communities than ever before.