Census Back Online; Contrite ABS Staff Apologise And Say They’re Back On Track

The 2016 Census came back online at 2.30pm this afternoon and the Australian Bureau of Statistics has again apologised for the outage, whilst reassuring the public that the census is back on track.

Kalisch

The Chief Statistician, David Kalisch, and the Census Manager, Duncan Young, both gave televised statements at 5.20pm, in time for the evening news. No resignations were forthcoming. [Read more…]


Shorten On Census: A Failure To Take Responsibility And A Failure Of Leadership

The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, says the census has been a shambles and is a failure of responsibility and leadership on the part of the Turnbull government.

Shorten

Speaking in Melbourne, Shorten said the census has been one of the “biggest shambles” of government in many years. “Turnbull is already talking about blaming someone else,” he said. The government’s “failure to take responsibility is a failure of leadership”.

Shorten called for an independent Senate inquiry. “The only thing you can be sure of is that the heads that won’t roll are the ones sitting at the Cabinet table,” he said. [Read more…]


Turnbull: “This Is An ABS Failure – I’m Not Happy”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he’s not happy with what he says is an ABC failure on the census.

Turnbull

As the Australian Bureau of Statistics census remains offline, Turnbull spoke for the second day on the failure of the online census submission technology two nights ago. “This is an ABS failure,” Turnbull told a press confernece. “I’m not happy.”

Turnbull said DDos attacks – distributed denial of service – were “predictable” and “always going to happen”.

Asked whether the system simply failed to cope with the volume of people attempting to submit their census form, Turnbull said the system was engineered to handle 260 form submissions per second, but the highest rate reached was 150 per second. He repeated claims that most of the DDoS attacks came from the United States, pointing out that Virtual Private Networks allow the origin of attacks to be disguised. [Read more…]


Shorten Says Incompetent Turnbull Government Is Undermining Faith In Australian Institutions

The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, said the Turnbull is incompetent and is undermining Australians’ faith in institutions.

Shorten

Shorten was speaking in Queanbeyan, in the seat of Eden-Monaro, won for the ALP by Mike Kelly at last month’s election. He said he couldn’t believe that the government couldn’t even run a census. It had taken 100 years to build confidence in the census but just one Tuesday night for Turnbull to undermine it. [Read more…]


Turnbull And Morrison Reiterate That No Census Data Has Been Accessed Or Lost

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison have emphasised that no data was accessed or lost during last night’s crisis for the 2016 Census.

Turnbull

Speaking at a press conference in Sydney, Turnbull said the census site will be back online as soon as the Australian Signals Directorate is satisfied. [Read more…]


Andrew Leigh: “If They Can’t Manage The Census, How Can They Manage The Other Arms Of Government?”

Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh has attacked the government over its handling of the census, following last night’s closure of the website used for online submission of census forms.

Leigh

“Millions of hours of Australians’ time has been wasted,” Leigh told a media conference. “I’m not sure Australians can have faith in anything the government says about the census… If they can’t manage the census, how can they manage the other arms of government?” [Read more…]


McCormack Says Census Experienced Denial Of Service Attack And Hardware Problems But No Data Lost Or Compromised

The Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, says the problems with the Australian Census last night were neither an attack or a hack. “It was an attempt to frustrate the collection of data,” the minister told a press conference this morning.

McCormack

McCormack said the security of the Australian Bureau of Statistics was not compromised and no data was lost.

McCormack said a denial of service attack occurred at about 7.15pm last night. This was followed by a hardware fault when a router failed. A denial of service attack occurs when a computer system is flooded with connections that overload the system and prevent it being accessible to genuine users.

According to McCormack, the first denial of service increase in traffic occurred at 10.08am yesterday. An outage lasting 5 minutes occurred. This was repeated at 11.46am. At 11.50am, all international traffic to the website was blocked. This is a standard means of countering a denial of service attack. [Read more…]