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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much modern societies are governed by statistics. Despite their objective appearance, these numbers gain their strength from very human relationships.
Pensions are indexed twice a year. But COVID-19 has put a spanner in the works of what should be a regular increase next month.
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Australian Bureau of Statistics figures suggest there have been more than 800 'excess deaths' in Australia in January-March 2020, relative to the average, but only 103 confirmed COVID-19 deaths so far.
Michelle Grattan talks with David Gruen, the Australian Statistician and ABS head, about the need for real-time data during the pandemic
This service sector recession can't be fought with infrastructure programs. Tour guides are ill-suited to building high-speed trains.
Women have suffered much more than men. Many who were employed in March have withdrawn from the labour force and so aren't counted as unemployed.
The ABS is providing near real-time data like never before. It's labour force survey remains the most authorative way of tracking the labour market.
Australia hasn’t had a time use survey since 2006. Budget cuts got in the way.
We've been in the dark about how we use our time for more than a decade. It's the decade that saw the rise of the smartphone, streaming and social media.
At the Victorian Liberal Party election campaign launch, Opposition leader Matthew Guy said Labor had presided over a law and order crisis.
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Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy said under Premier Daniel Andrews, 'Victoria has won the unenviable title as the state with the country’s highest rate of crime'. Is that right?
Despite a huge increase in employment, the unemployment rate is unchanged.
A big increase in employment but the unemployment is flat. Addressing this will be a challenge as all our options have downsides.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive James Pearson, speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive James Pearson said almost 60% of small business owners in Australia are paid $50,000 or less. Is that right?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has changed what goes into its inflation calculation.
Weak Australian inflation and housing credit data mean the Reserve Bank is unlikely to move on interest rates.
Of all the valid votes in the same-sex marriage survey, 61.1% said ‘yes’.
The same-sex marriage postal survey gave Australians a chance to create data for social change. And that's rare.
Slow wage growth is leading to over-indebtedness among those that can afford hosues.
Low wage growth isn't just bad for households - it's also bad for the overall economy. Research shows that increasing wages would take some of the risk out of the housing sector.
A decline in incomes for the top 20% has caused inequality to fall slightly.
The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows inequality declining slightly as overall incomes stagnate.
Malcolm Turnbull has bought himself immediate relief from the backbench revolt.
When it comes to the Liberals and same-sex marriage, each “solution” seems to lead to a new problem. Tony Abbott’s plebiscite became bad news for Malcolm Turnbull; now Turnbull’s postal vote – to ask people…
The ABS estimates that as of December 2016, the Australian population was around 24.4 million.
The 2016 Census reveals that Australia is becoming much more diverse – in terms of language, country of birth, Indigenous status, and religion.
Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan in The Katering Show (2015), which began as a short form web series.
New ABS figures on film, TV and digital gaming show that subscription broadcasters and online content creators are booming. Yet local content quotas only apply to free-to-air broadcasters.
The attention on the 2016 Census until now has been mostly negative.
Today’s release of data from the 2016 Census allows us to identify some of Australians' more common characteristics, how they vary across states and territories, and how they are changing over time.
Western Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan on the campaign trail.
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In the lead up to the state election, Western Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan said WA has the highest unemployment rate in Australia. Is that correct?