COMMENT:

Is it "Trumpian" to dispute the veracity of the botched census statistics? That's the question currently dominating the political debate following the release of the official report into how the 2018 government census operation went so badly.

Leader of the Opposition, Simon Bridges has slammed the handling of the census operation by Statistics New Zealand and Minister of Statistics, James Shaw. More controversially, he is disputing the usefulness of the census data that is about to be released. That's because, instead of surveying all New Zealanders, or even "nearly all", the census only had a response rate of 83.3

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