I must be on a list somewhere deep within the Australian Bureau of Statistics as it seems that every few months I have another set of data gathering forms to fill in. I’ve been doing this for almost 25 years with no noticeable benefit: no reduction in red tape; no offer of government assistance; not even government support for the sector in which my business operates. While I understand the need for government to gather data in order to develop policies, surely it is fair to expect an outcome from the time spent providing the data.

What really irks me is the threats the ABS folks make if you suggest you will not complete their forms.

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