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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

What progress has the Statistician made in collecting statistics on the total number and coverage of superannuation funds in Australia and on the number and occupation of contributors to them since his predecessor's answer to me on 26th September 1969 (Hansard, page 2169).

Mr Bury - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Acting Commonwealth Statistician has advised that because of the many heavy demands on Bureau resources, it has not been possible to undertake any of the further developmental work required to obtain more complete and detailed statistics of superannuation funds and contributors.

Consideration was given to the inclusion of a question in the 1971 Census to obtain information on numbers of contributors. However, to lessen the burden on the public and to avoid intrusion into the privacy of individuals, the Government considered that it should not be added to the Census schedule on this occasion.

The position is therefore still as stated in my reply of 26th September 1969 to question number 1876.

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