Weasel words and rubbery figures on asylum seeker arrivals

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On politicians flying together

Cameron Hazlehurst writes: Re. “Should MPs fly together?” (yesterday). Among the myths about the 1940 Canberra aircraft crash in which three cabinet ministers and the chief of the general staff were among the victims, one of the more persistent is that a rule was laid down about the number of ministers who could fly together. I write about this in my book on the accident and those who perished, Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm: An Australian Tragedy, pp.633-4:

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2 thoughts on “Weasel words and rubbery figures on asylum seeker arrivals

  1. Steve Elliott

    Simon Heymanson is really stretching his protest too far.

    Abbott was playing with words but he was also talking rubbish.

    If there was a day in July when there were no arrivals then “they are coming in July at the rate of 0 per year”.

    If on another day 1000 arrived then “they are coming in July at the rate of 365,000 per year”.

    Abbott’s ignorance of trends and long term averages is obvious.

    The wilful innumeracy and statistical obfuscation by this man never fails to amaze me.

  2. klewso

    Speaking to us dumb punters, a smart person like your Mr Abbott would have said something like “If they keep coming at the rate they did over the 31 days of July, we would be getting 50,000 per year”? He could just as easily have used the January figures whatever they were …. probably not as large?
    But he didn’t – he took the smart-arse tack.

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