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Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

FactCheck: is wage growth at record lows?

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
If enough people from a particular group don’t complete the Census, it can disrupt the data. Shutterstock

Forget the Census undercount, what matters is bias

If the response rate to the 2016 Census is lower than expected, it could compromise our ability to draw meaningful information from the data.
The federal government says the census website was not attacked or hacked, and no data was lost. Joel Carrett/AAP

Turnbull to Australians: your census data is safe despite attack

The government is seeking to reassure Australians their census data is secure, after the ABS was forced to take down the site on Tuesday night to ensure data was protected.
The act of taking a census is as old as civilisation itself. AAP/Dean Lewins

Explainer: what is the census, and why does it matter?

Census data have a real impact on the lives of Australians, from determining political representation through the distribution of electorates, to the allocation of government funding.
Unemployment figures don’t always tell the full story when it comes to the state of jobs in Australia. Joel Carrett/AAP

Business Briefing: jobs and growth in an election

Business Briefing: jobs and growth in an election.
What is the current state of jobs in this election campaign? This podcast explores what really creates jobs and whether or not politicians have much say in it.
New housing finance is now contracting quickly. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Australia’s housing finance in seven charts

Where investment loans were the fastest growing category of housing finance at the end of 2015, it is now the leading area of contraction.
Suicide is increasing among young people, especially women. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Suicide isn’t just an older man’s problem

Suicide data for Australia released this week show rates among young people are at the highest they've been for over a decade, and now account for around one third of all deaths in those aged 15 to 24.
The evidence of cultural consumption and production in Australia does not bear out the claims made by Senator Brandis. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Philosophy vs evidence is no way to orchestrate cultural policy

What is the premise of recently-announced cuts to Australia Council funding, and the establishment of a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts? There is actually a considerable evidence base from which to form policy decisions in Australian arts funding.

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