Posts Tagged ‘Australian Bureau of Statistics’

Guardian’s WasteWatch slam needs a fact checker

Posted: 10:12 am on 23rd February 2015

To arms, dear readers! The honour of WasteWatch has been maligned. We are now, according to a recent article in the Guardian newspaper, part of a merry band of anti-intellectual “right-wing inquisitors” grinding evidence-based policy-making into the dust with our “crib guides to Hayek, von Mises, and Milton Friedman.” The trigger for this outburst seems to be the latest product of the Canberra rumour-mill: the suggestion that there may not…

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Spender in the Grass

Posted: 9:00 am on 9th July 2014

Do you know what a Pnau is? Do you think Chet Faker is a misspelling? Thought you learnt everything worth knowing about British Sea Power in your high school history classes? Chances are, then, you’ve never been to the Splendour in the Grass music festival. Chances are, you probably haven’t even heard of it. But you’ve paid for it. See, the festival was set up by two music companies in…

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$60k to ‘run that town’

Posted: 9:18 am on 23rd October 2013

Earlier this year, WasteWatch brought you news of a popular mobile app from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which you paid for, whether you wanted to or not. The game is called “Run That Town,” and it lets punters take control of any neighbourhood in Australia, and make planning decisions based on 2011 Census information. Mr Bumbles-in-training are rewarded with ticker-tape parades, or chased out of town by a lynch…

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$80 000 for yet another obesity report

Posted: 10:06 am on 8th October 2013

How many reports do you need to tell you the same thing before you believe it? If you’re the Federal Government, the answer is: just one more, I promise. The growing importance of obesity and inactivity as a health issue in Australia is well-known. According to an Australian Medicines Industry report, 18% of Australians were concerned about their partner leading a sedentary lifestyle. 17% were concerned about their partner being…

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New govt funded computer game

Posted: 1:28 pm on 20th May 2013

Following on from last week’s WasteWatch post on the $20 million in corporate welfare for the Australian computer games industry outlined in the Budget, we have found that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has developed a new computer game called Run that Town using 2011 Census data. WasteWatch hasn’t played the game yet, but it looks like it is some kind of SimCity clone, and according to some early reviews…

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