For the ABS, even the basic task of sending out ballot papers will not be straightforward.
The key question in a legal challenge to the 'postal plebiscite' is whether information about Australians’ opinions on same-sex marriage constitutes 'statistical information'.
Wealth in Australia is much more unequally distributed than income.
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The two major sources of data show conflicting trends on income inequality.
Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan in The Katering Show (2015), which began as a short form web series.
New ABS figures on film, TV and digital gaming show that subscription broadcasters and online content creators are booming. Yet local content quotas only apply to free-to-air broadcasters.
Australian consumption of chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Total meat consumption per capita in Australia has been stable since the 1960s but the type of meat consumed has changed significantly. Chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday penalty rates is expected to reduce the income of hundreds of thousands of Australians. But how do we calculate that?
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Q&A between the University of Melbourne's Joshua Healy and The McKell Institute's Edward Cavanough about methodologies for estimating the impact of the proposed Sunday penalty rate cuts.
The number of fibre connections increased to more than 1.4 million connections, which is an increase of 122% in the year between December 2015 and December 2016.
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ABS figures show that Australia's appetite for faster broadband is growing apace.
Melbourne is Australia’s fastest-growing city. Across Australia, the share of UK-born residents is declining, and the share of China-born and India-born residents has increased.
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Melbourne is Australia's most rapidly growing city, a title it wrested from Perth around 2013-14. Several of Australia's big cities are growing well above the national average population growth rate.
Over a period in which the Australian economy saw around 600,000 additional people get jobs, employment in the renewables sector has been going backwards.
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Estimates released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that the number of direct full-time equivalent jobs in renewable energy activities has continued to fall from its 2011-12 peak.
New research has found that 15.7% of women and 7.1% of men have experienced economic abuse in their lifetimes.
Women living in high financial stress and those who have a disability or chronic health condition are most at risk of economic abuse.
We need to account for the benefit we get from nature.
When we don't factor in the environment in our economic decision making, we aren't getting an acurate picture of what's happening. Australia needs to adopt more environmental economics.
Labour force surveys and the Census just aren’t getting it right when it comes to the crucial task of measuring employment.
The ABS' labour force survey is more than 50 years old. We need a new way of measuring employment for a new modes of work.
Labor’s Brendan O'Connor said fewer people are seeking work.
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Shadow minister for employment Brendan O'Connor said the labour force participation rate was in "free fall" and that this showed "people have stopped looking for work". Is that true?
Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough.
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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.
If the response rate to the 2016 Census is lower than expected, it could compromise our ability to draw meaningful information from the data.
Malcolm Turnbull’s tone on Thursday was tough, after a massive public backlash and with the census website still down.
A furious Malcolm Turnbull has made it clear he wants heads to roll over the census debacle.
What really caused the Census servers to crash?
The evidence the Census servers suffered a DDoS attack is weak. A simpler explanation is that they buckled under load of Australians filling out their Census forms as asked.
The federal government says the census website was not attacked or hacked, and no data was lost.
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.
If you only consider average depth, you could drown at the deepest point.
Even without a DDoS attack, the 2016 Census may have failed due to the ABS making a rudimentary statistical error.
This is the screen that greeted many Australians on Census night, 9 August 2016.
Despite assuring Australians its systems were load tested and secure, the Census site went offline at a crucial time. Could the ABS have avoided such an embarrasing failure?
The ABS’ census website spectacularly crashed on Tuesday night.
Nick Xenophon is a populist politician with a knack of identifying issues likely to trouble people. When he said this week he wouldn’t put his name on his form, he immediately elevated the debate around…