A robust, timely census is vital to democracy. Censuses chart both political and demographic shifts, including changes in wealth and neighbourhood transitions. Most crucially, they influence how resources and political power are doled out: Cities use census data to set budgets. But taking a census is both expensive and slow….
Opinion: A few days ago, Australia’s government committed to an informal postal vote for the inexplicably ongoing debate around marriage equality before holding a proper vote in parliament. It’s also one year since the ABS ruined the 2016 Census.
Government ministers and senior public servants will be sent to “cyber bootcamp”, while chief statistician David Kalisch will effectively be put on probation, following a damning review into the 2016 census debacle by the Prime Minister’s cyber security chief.