Peter Harper is a Deputy Australian Statistician at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Peter has worked at the ABS for almost 30 years. He has been responsible for the ABS's environment statistics program since 2004, during which time there have been a number of significant developments. At the ABS, Peter is responsible for a diverse range of subject matter, including labour, demography, industry, agriculture, rural and regional and environment statistics. Peter is also actively engaged in international work relating to environment statistics, including chairing the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental Economic Accounting.
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