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Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has criticised the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for recording same-sex marriages in census data.

The ABS does not record such marriages as legal marriages but this year collected data on the number of same-sex couples who reported they were married.

During Senate Estimates hearings Abetz said the ABS should not bother evaluating such responses from same-sex couples when same-sex marriages were not recognised under Australian law and demanded to know which groups had sought the information.

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