ABS staff predicted Census debacle

The Community and Public Sector Union blames funding and staff cuts for August 9 census debacle.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), which covers staff at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), said PM Malcolm Turnbull should be "apologising not finger pointing” for the August 9 Census debacle.

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood said: “Staff saw these problems coming a mile off. There are 700 fewer staff at the ABS now than when the last Census was conducted five years ago and as a result staff are suffering under massive workloads.

“It is governments that are responsible for the reliability of public services and the Turnbull government cannot dodge responsibility for slashing budgets and jobs.”

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