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Anyway, now I’m a quiz king and people are trying to lure me onto their teams. Just the other week at a trivia night we tied for first place with another team, so they asked a sudden death tie-breaker. The question was, “Those referred to as Baby Boomers were born in which period?”.
Everyone at the table looked blank, until I nonchalantly wrote ‘1946-1965’ on the answer sheet. (The WA office of the ABS put out a study on Baby Boomers a few years back). The other table had no idea, so it was us who ended up with the six bottles of cheap plonk and a counter lunch at the local pub. Sweet!
Now everybody thinks I’ve had a brain transplant or something, but it’s all so easy. If you’ve got an issue that requires some data, then the ABS should be the first place to look.
You can not only usually find what you want, but you can download the data into a spreadsheet or map it and save the map.
I’ve even used the ABS to do a few a work reports and they think I’m a genius. When I produced a map showing the distribution of non-English speakers in Perth and showed my boss, he started wondering why I’d spent all those years opening the mail.
The ABS probably doesn’t have the answer to whether it is statistically worth entering the ‘toss the coin closest to the whiskey bottle’ competition. But I’d probably still enter it anyway.
So, do yourself a favour. Win friends and influence people using free stats on the web courtesy of the ABS. I did.
* Not his real name.
Ron- A Public Servant
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