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National Science Festival - ABS presentation, Tonight - 20 August, Convention Centre, Canberra (Media Release)
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August 20, 2008

National Science Festival - ABS presentation, Tonight - 20 August, Convention Centre, Canberra

Chris Libreri, one of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) senior statisticians, will be presenting a talk as part of the National Science Festival at the National Convention Centre in Canberra tonight.

With postgraduate qualifications in Statistics and Management, and many years of experience in both working with statistical collections as well as watching how the statistics get applied, Chis will be showcasing some of the famous - and infamous - uses of statistics.

Statistics affect all aspects of our lives, determine some of our personal choices and shape decisions made by our leaders. This talk will surprise you, and convince you about the power of numbers in ensuring the right decisions are made.

Three kinds of lies: the use and misuse of statistics - topics to be covered include:
  • Why it was dangerous to be a Census collector under Stalin;
  • The best places to add armour on WWII bombers;
  • How the Australian Census helped beat an epidemic;
  • Stats and Slip! Slop! Slap!

Where - Nichols Theatre, National Convention Centre, Canberra

When - 5.30 till 6.30 pm, Tonight - Wednesday 20 August

What - National Science Festival presentation - "Three kinds of lies: the use and misuse of statistics"

Who - Chris Libreri, Regional Director, ABS NSW

Media interested in attending should call Dean Souter on (02) 6252 5691 mobile 0438 018 814.

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