Statistically significant: why the ABS cuts matter

The federal government’s sweeping cuts to the Australian Bureau of Statistics could cost the economy billions, and highlight the incredible short-sightedness of Australian politics.

Budget cuts at the Australian Bureau of Statistics might not seem like a big deal but compromising the scope and quality of our national statistics is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

These cuts highlight the short-sightedness of Australian politics, where immaterial budget savings are placed ahead of an organisation that plays a pivotal role in government decision-making and our economic well-being.

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