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Data and Statistics Bill

Introduced on Oct 11. The Bill repeals the Statistics Act 1975 following a review of statistics legislation. First reading Nov 9 sent to the Governance and Administration Committee with the support of all parties. Reported back on May 9 with a large number of changes. The select committee process was dominated by submissions from a wide range of notable people and organisations regarding concerns about privacy issues and Statistics NZ’s powers to collect and store information from a range of sources without those who originally providing the data knowing its end use. The committee made a number of changes acknowledging these concerns but the thrust of the bill remains intact. Data and Statistics Bill