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Wednesday, 16 March 1977
Page: 251

Mr SPEAKER -The Treasurer has the indulgence of the House.

Mr LYNCH - I wish to add to an answer I gave in response to the honourable member for Port Adelaide (Mr Young) who queried me about the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As I recall the question, it was about whether I had directed that a cut of $2m be made. I answered that question according to my recollection by saying that presently I have not required that a cut be made. I should say to the House, however, that in the early stage of the forward estimates process I invited the Statistician to see to what extent there might be savings in his area. I think that a figure of around $2m was suggested as a likely potential saving. But the point is that there was no direction to the Statistician. There has been no decision about the matter. In fact, that figure of $2m is not built into the forward estimates. The answer I am giving now is precisely in the same thrust as the one I gave before, but I believe this additional information is required to put the matter into better context.

Mr Young - I seek the indulgence of the House to point out to the Treasurer that the essence of the question was: Will every census form be processed? Would the Treasurer like to give that additional information?

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