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Census, broadband on estimates agenda

AAP logoAAP 14/10/2016 Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer

Concerns about the online census, the national broadband network rollout and Medicare will be explored in Senate estimate hearings next week.

Australian Bureau of Statistics officials will be quizzed on Wednesday by economics committee members about the census website being taken offline after a series of cyber attacks.

National broadband network executives will face questions about the pace of the rollout, the quality of services and costs on Tuesday.

The opposition is also keen to pursue government plans for Medicare, which the government insists is not facing outsourcing or privatisation as claimed by Labor during the election campaign.

A government decision to structurally separate government shipbuilder ASC will come under the spotlight on Tuesday morning.

Labor says the government must guarantee that the move will not result in job losses in South Australia and that submarine design capabilities will be established in Australia.

Management of peak science body CSIRO and issues impacting on regional areas, such as the backpacker tax and dairy prices, are also expected to feature.

The hearings kick off in Canberra on Monday morning.

The House of Representatives will hold four days of sittings, starting with debate on the backpacker tax and a bill to enable the same-sex marriage plebiscite.

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