In our fabulous Friday feature, we crunch the transcripts from the Sydney 7.45am ABC News Bulletin from Monday to Friday to take 400 pages of news and current events and squish it into this tag cloud for your perusal. The week in 100 words:
And the week in numbers:
10.26: the weekly miminum wage raise announced by the Fair Pay Commission this week. The hike fell well short of the $28 per week demanded by unions.
247.4: the average floor area of new houses in 2005-06, an increase of around 50 per cent, from 162.2 square metres in 1984-85, despite the number of people in each house declining.
16.8: the percentage pay rise given to South Australian Premier Mike Rann’s key advisers, sparking anger from nurses and other public servants.
6,900: the number of sailors from visiting US battle group Kitty Hawk that decended on Sydney this week. The NSW government said the Kitty Hawk battle group’s sailors will provide an economic boost for the city, estimated by US authorities at $2 million a day for the five days the ships are in port.
34: the percentage of Australian households that own a home outright. Despite the fact that the proportion of people owning or paying off a mortgage on a house has increased since the 1996 census, the proportion of households that own a home outright has declined from 41.6 per cent.
2000: the number of indigenous children not enrolled in school in the Northern Territory, according to Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough.
4.6: The percentage rise of online job seekers on Seek.com.au nationally in June, outstripping the number of internet employment advertisements for the first time this year. The number of ads grew only 2.2 per cent.
10 million: the amount that Foster’s will save a year in tax bills after lowering the alcohol content in VB from 4.9 per cent to 4.8 per cent.
07/07/07: the date that superstitious couples are scrambling to tie the knot on, overwhelming marriage registries, with one registry having to cut the time allocated to each in-house ceremony by a third to meet demand, as reported by The Oz.
1000: the average number of corpses picked up by police in Baghdad each month. Police say there has been an increase in the number of unidentified bodies being found on the streets of Baghdad, despite the introduction of a new US-backed security plan in February.