‘Project Archer’: Govt’s plan to save the ABS

The Abbott government’s rescue plan for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, including a takeover by the bureau of the nation’s health statistics agency, is set to be in place by July.
There will also be $250 million for the ABS to upgrade its systems, a “surveying centre of excellence” established, probably in Geelong, and a green light for the bureau’s plans to downgrade the national census.
Sources close to the ABS say the takeover of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the axing of Australia’s five-yearly census, in favour of a giant survey every 10 years as revealed by Fairfax Media this month, are already “done deals”.

To read Noel Towell’s complete article as published by the Canberra Times, please click here.


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