Australian Bureau of Statistics says survey is ‘consistent’ with organisation’s role but it advises against putting anything extra in envelope

Including glitter in an envelope responding to the postal survey on same-sex marriage risks spoiling your vote, Australian Bureau of Statistics officials have warned.

At a Senate inquiry in Canberra on Thursday officials defended the ABS’s capacity to conduct the postal survey of 16m Australians, despite conceding the Australian statistician only learned of the exercise10 days ago and had no input into its design.

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