Can the Australian Bureau of Statistics be trusted with voters’ data?
21 Aug 2017

By putting the Australian Bureau of Statistics in charge of the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey, the Australian Government is failing to learn from its previous privacy blunders, Monique Mann writes.

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14 Sep 2016

Once the plebiscite bill for same sex marriage is passed by the House of Representatives, it will then be tested on the floor of the Senate, where it now looks unlikely to get the support the government needs. Federal Attorney-General, George Brandis, has appealed to...



13 Sep 2016

Like much else in the forty-fifth parliament’s infancy, the same-sex marriage plebiscite has become hostage to the dynamics of contemporary politics: a weakened prime minister, a ferociously oppositional federal opposition led by a man also less than secure in his job, and a large, attention-craving...



7 Aug 2006

Toowoomba’s water vote shows the potential risk in sending every issue to the people, write Peter Mares and Brian Costar

THE recent vote against drinking recycled waste water in drought-ravaged Toowoomba does much worse than give parliamentary secretary Malcolm Turnbull an unflattering 0-2 record...



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