Senate debates

Monday, 12 September 2016



4:02 pm

Photo of Scott LudlamScott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senators Lambie and Xenophon, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

  (i) the technical failures of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website on Census night, 9 August 2016, prevented thousands of people completing the Census,

  (ii) subsequent attempts to address the technical failures further added to confusion and impacted public confidence in the Census process,

  (iii) the Census website was offline for several days after census night, and sporadically offline in the following weeks, and

  (iv) thousands of Australians were unable to complete the Census, and thousands of Australians were reluctant to do so due to privacy concerns; and

(b) calls on the Government to direct the ABS to issue a statement declaring that no Australians will be fined for failing to complete the Census.

I look forward to the unanimous support of the chamber.


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