HOW MUCH WILL IT COST US TO SAVE THE CENSUS? - Media Release

During last night’s Estimates hearings the Australian Statistician admitted to Labor Senators how much extra money the Turnbull Government will spend rescuing the 2016 Australian Census – universally known as the ‘Worst Census Ever’ – from complete failure.

“(A)s a result of some of the remedial activities we took in terms of the Census we have to date probably incurred additional costs of around $20 million…and we anticipate possibly spending another $10 million.”

–     David W. Kalsich, Australian Statistician, Senate Economics Legislation Committee [10.05pm, 19/10/2016]

It will cost Australian taxpayers an extra $30 million dollars – maybe more – to fix one of Malcolm Turnbull’s biggest stuff-ups.

The Abbott-Turnbull Government left the position of Chief Statistician unfilled for nearly a year, attempted to cut the Census, appointed four ministers in three years who ignored the Census – and then were surprised when the Census went wrong. And when the Census data is incomplete, Australia suffers.

Through the Estimates process and a dedicated Senate inquiry, Labor has promised Australians answers to their questions about how the Turnbull Government botched the 2016 Census, and which Minister should take responsibility.

Last night was just the beginning.

THURSDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2016

MEDIA CONTACT: TAIMUS WERNER-GIBBINGS - 0437 320 393


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