10.08.2011 10.Aw-Elul, 5771
Jews Down Under urged to identify as "Jewish" in compulsory national survey, despite religion not being specifically listed on forms.
Australian Jews were miffed on Tuesday, after the country's census form failed to include "Jewish" as an option for Question 19 – religion. The questionnaire lists seven different Christian denominations, as well as Buddhism, Islam and "Other – please specify." Both the online and the printed forms also listed "No religion" as an option.
According to the last Australian census, taken in 2006, the Jewish population was 88,834, though numbers are estimated to be far higher, up to 120,000. Some 12 million Australians identified as Christian in 2006, 340,000 as Muslim and 418,000 as Buddhist….