1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Dec 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2009   
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A View From The Top
From the Regional Director

With 2009 nearing an end it is time to reflect on the year that’s been and some of the things we’ve tried to put in place.

The Global Financial Crisis has, to some extent, abated and in WA, statistically at least, most measures are looking better than many predicted. But as many commentators have already said, we are not out the woods yet.

From an ABS perspective, as long as we continue to aspire to the notion of evidence based policy in Government, we must ensure that Government has the capacity to analyse and use the evidence.

One of the key outcomes for the ABS in achieving its mission of facilitating effective Government decision making is to build the statistical community around the nation so that the capacity is maintained.

For us in the WA Office of the ABS, Stats Talk is one of the mechanisms we use to build that community and all of our readers belong to it in some small way.

Each of you has a part to play in building that community, building the appreciation for the evidence base and passing on knowledge between us.

So, to our statistical community, I want to wish you a very merry Christmas and New Year. Thank you for your support and let’s keep championing the cause of evidence based policy and the statistics that support it.

Michael Tindall, Government Statistician and ABS Regional Director, Western Australia

Michael Tindall,
Government Statistician and
ABS Regional Director,
Western Australia