Australian Bureau of Statistics
1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Mar 2010
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/03/2010
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Recently my mates have been giving me a hard time about my car. It’s about 10 years old and I reckon it’s in pretty good nick, but they say it’s a museum piece and is painting me as a potential lawn bowler. Should I upgrade?
—Pondering in Prevally Park
The December 2009 seasonally adjusted estimate for total sales of new motor vehicles (89,741) increased by 3.3% when compared to November 2009 and a 17.2% increase when compared to the December 2008 estimate. Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Dec 2009 (cat. no. 9314.0). I think your mates might be on to something.
I’m due to go to dinner with my new girlfriend and her parents and am petrified I’ll expose my bogan upbringing. Can you tell me which piece of cutlery goes where and is it ok to eat chicken with your fingers?
—Baffled from Bicton
Usual practice is that any data with a standard error greater than 50% should not be published. Also be aware that the Average Weekly Earnings series and the Labour Price Index, though both concerned with wage movements, are not strictly comparable. As far as table etiquette goes, start from the outside and work inwards and ensure your ACDC T-shirt is clean.
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Australian Statistician, Brian Pink
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