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Statistical Returns Act 1896 – 23 September 2013

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The government statistician may collect and publish statistics in relation to: population and vital statistics; immigration and emigration; social statistics; factories and manufacturing industries; wages, employment and unemployment; tourism, recreational and household services; imports and exports; shipping; transport and freight; banking, insurance, finance and business services; land tenure and occupancy, etc. For a full listing of collection categories, refer to section 4 of the Act. A person to whom an approved (statistical) form is made available shall insert all the information required to the best of the person’s knowledge and shall within 30 days after the form is made available to the person return it, duly filled up, to the government statistician or some person authorised by the government statistician. A person who fails to furnish information commits an offence against this Act, which shall be taken to be a continuing offence and is liable to a penalty of 2 penalty units for each day during which the refusal or neglect has continued. For the definition of ‘person’, refer to section 3 of the Act.

  • Sections 3, 4, 5
Reason for law

To facilitate the collection of statistical information. (Long title of Act)

Relevant links

Queensland Government Statistician’s Office

Critique

Subsection 8(2) may unnecessarily restrict the hearing of a complaint to the Brisbane jurisdiction.

Section 10 contains the phrase ‘prima facie’. This phrase may not be understood by members of the public.

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