The Press on The Census

The Press editorial:

Statistics Minister James Shaw’s claims that the gaps in the data are not a concern, and a chief statistician who was almost dragged kicking and screaming by politicians to present a fuller picture of a shambolic process and a poor result, are both worthy of greater scrutiny. 

They seem to be the only ones who don’t think there is a problem.

Another expert, John McDermott, Executive Director of Motu Economic & Public Policy Research, agrees with National’s spokesman Nick Smith that serious thought must be given to going back to the drawing board and holding another as soon as 2021. This would fit with the original timeframe as the 2011 census was knocked back by two years after the Christchurch earthquakes.

This is absolutely what should happen.

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