1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2009–10  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2010   
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4 June, 2010
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A leading account of the nation – diverse and biodiverse: ABS

Australia is one of the most diverse, multicultural countries with one of the most biodiverse environments, according to the comprehensive account of the nation released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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

“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.

The 2009-10 Year Book Australia reflects on the International Years of Biodiversity and Cultural Rapprochement 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).

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