1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 51), Feb 2005  
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2005 Year Book Australia - ABS Centenary issue

All LEP libraries will have received their copy of the 2005 Year Book Australia. As ever, it provides a great overview of the economic and social conditions of Australia today. And, as ever, the Year Book is a user-friendly publication that can be the starting point in answering a myriad of queries that come across your library's reference desk. And, of course the Year Book and its earlier editions are also available free in full text in the Key Products section of the ABS home page.

The Year Book can help all sorts of library clients. School students will find it full of well presented accessible information whilst researchers appreciate it as an introduction to Australian statistics and for the context and background it provides on the understanding and interpretation of ABS statistics.

This 87th edition of the Year Book includes a number of special articles which mark the centenary of the national statistical service. These articles outline the development of the ABS and its predecessor, the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics over the past 100 years.

Other articles take a historic look at some of the ABS's major collections and the important impacts made by ABS statistics in public administration. This edition also maps the change in Australian key economic and demographic statistics in history, often stretching back 100 years.

Look for the CD ROM version inside the cover of the Year Book