News

Census data likely to be useless claim Labor

POINTING FINGER: Andrew Leigh.
POINTING FINGER: Andrew Leigh. MICK TSIKAS

THE reporting period for the 2016 Australian Census has ended with an undercount rate of 5%, sparking a savage attack on the Turnbull government by shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh.

Describing it as the worst Census ever, Mr Leigh said that since

1971 the average Census undercount rate had been 1.9% and the worst was 2.7% in 1976 and 2006.

"The more households are missed in the Census, the less useful the data be- comes," he said.

"The Abbott-Turnbull government left the position of chief statistician unfilled for nearly a year, attempted to cut the Census, appointed three ministers in a year who ignored the Census, and then were surprised when the Census went wrong.

"In the end, the Census debacle is the responsibility of the Prime Minister. The Census is one of Malcolm Turnbull's biggest stuff- ups."

Mr Leigh said Canada had just reported its highest response rate ever with its 2016 Census, carried out primarily online, achieving a response rate of 98.4%.

"Australians have a right to know how many extra taxpayers' dollars has the government had to spend above the initial Census 2016 budget in order to rescue it," he said.

"How many extra hours have Census field officers had to waste repeatedly visiting the homes of people who couldn't complete the Census online because the site crashed on Census night?"

Topics:  census, census debacle, editors picks, fines, labor



Grants to support more business growth

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien says applications are now open for "incubator” grants from the government, designed to help stimulate business growth.

Grants are currently available to stimulate business growth.

UPDATE: Residents near Coast bush fire urged to get prepared

Boonooroo Road is closed near Maryborough Cooloola Road.

Valley conservationist wins national Landcare award

Steve Burgess.

Burgess recovering in hospital from surgery as major award announced

Local Partners

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

Growing up is tough at the Heart of Gold Film Festival

ALL GROWN UP: A still from the Heart of Gold Festival feature "Girl Asleep”.

EXCITEMENT is ramping up for the Heart of Gold Film Festival

John Mayer's advice for Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has revealed John Mayer gave him advice

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Marilyn Manson wants a 'nice' girl

Marilyn Manson wants a girl who understands both of his identities

Highway upgrade drives momentum in affordable market

Accessibility and affordability are keeping interest high

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state