What we don’t know can hinder us

by Richard Denniss in The Australian Financial Review
Originally published in The Australian Financial Review on July 25, 2012

The federal government spent $374 billion last year providing services to its citizens, but it’s amazing what the government doesn’t know about those citizens. It is only every five years that we accurately measure the population through the census, and it’s only every six years that we get an accurate indication of what households spend their money on.

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