1344.8.55.002 - ABStract, Statistics News, Australian Capital Territory, August 2010  
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2009-10 EDITION

The 2009-10 Year Book Australia was launched by the Govenor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC at a ceremony at ABS House in Canberra.

Diagram: Photos of the Year Book Launch

"I am delighted to launch the 2009-10 Year Book Australia. It's an important account of Australian life, the economy and our culture, documented in a single reference source", Ms Bryce said.

The Australian Statistician, Brian Pink said, “At every issue, Year Book Australia illustrates Australia’s position at that given point in time.”

“It is an historic record of relevance now and to future generations,” Mr Pink said, “This issue features topics Australians find important, to themselves and the nation, such as biodiversity, immigration and Indigenous Australians.

This edition, the 91st, is the latest in a long series of editions extending back to the first in 1908. It provides a comprehensive overview of the economic and social conditions of contemporary Australia. It is a statistically-oriented publication with sufficient background information to establish a context for the statistics and to assist in understanding and interpreting them. It also contains descriptive matter dealing with Australia’s geography and climate, the environment, government, international relations, defence, education, and the health and welfare systems.

The 2009-10 Year Book Australia reflects on the International Years of Biodiversity and the Rapprochement of Cultures and also pays tribute to the Australian Year of the Girl Guide.
Further information is available in Year Book Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 1301.0).