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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Page: 271


Senator LUDLAM (Western AustraliaCo-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (16:31): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator LUDLAM: I thank the chamber. I would also like to acknowledge Senator Xenophon for bringing these terms of reference forward, and for the collaborative way in which the opposition has sought to make sure that one inquiry, rather than two, is set afoot. Also acknowledging Senator McGrath's comments, I think it will be extremely valuable to the Senate inquiry to have the report, as you indicated, that Mr MacGibbon and his colleagues will be putting together into the technical aspects of what happened on Census night. As you will have seen, if you have seen the terms of reference that have been circulated in Senator Xenophon's, Senator Lambie's and my name, the inquiry that has been referred to the economics committee goes significantly further into the lead-up to the Census and into the steps that were put in place that created such scepticism in the run-up that it may, in fact, contaminate the dataset.

Personally, I am interested to know whether the Census is going to be re-run—it is that far-reaching. It is not simply a question of what happened on Census night to blow the process up, but of what happened in the lead-up to take such confidence away from what should have been a completely uncontroversial continuation of the Census process. (Time expired)

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion, as amended, moved by Senator Xenophon be agreed to.

Question agreed to.