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Numbers can lie: the science behind opinion polls – Michael West

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Results from opinion polls are regularly accorded more weight than they deserve, particularly given that their methodology is not transparent; their language can shape answers; and only a small percentage of those contacted respond. Yet polls may also independently shape voting choices. Michael Tanner reports.

Source: Numbers can lie: the science behind opinion polls – Michael West

You decide Australia’s population, we’ll show you how it looks – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Immigrants boost economic growth by increasing the percentage of people in the workforce. They also tend to be younger, better educated and more motivated than the average resident “owing to their decision to move to Australia”, according to the 2015 Intergenerational Report.

This is especially true in Australia, which has emphasised skilled migration since the mid-1990s.

“If we didn’t have as much migration not only would Australia be much smaller, it would be much older because migrants are traditionally younger than the average resident,” Mr Howe said.

via You decide Australia’s population, we’ll show you how it looks – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Abbott: Master of lies, damned lies and statistics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“There were three gradations of inveracity – there were lies, there were damned lies, and there were statistics” (Arthur Balfour, 1892) You may have noticed that Abbott and other members of the front bench regularly throw around numbers and statistics to back up what they’re saying. Numbers and statistics are quantifiable, so when they are used, they…

Source: Abbott: Master of lies, damned lies and statistics – » The Australian Independent Media Network