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Entries from January 28th, 2008

Bennelong Results in Google Earth

January 28th, 2008 · No Comments · Posts

There’s a time for pontificating and a time to do something else. This week your commentator is merely an observer. In light of some interest in different ways of viewing Ryan’s election results two posts ago, I have concocted a similar pair of plots for the former PM’s seat of Bennelong. One layer shows the […]

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Mr. Welford overreaches

January 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Posts

You have to sympathise with Queensland Education Minister Rod Welford’s impatience with out-of-control kids and poor parenting (highlighted by Melbourne teenager Corey Delaney’s now infamous party), and his desire to respond with a policy decision. Alas, his proposed remedy is over-optimistic and fundamentally contradictory. The raft of factors that contribute to such family problems lie across a much broader […]

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Ryan 2007 Swing to Labor in Google Earth

January 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Posts

This is one for anyone with an interest in geography, psephology, graphics, or a combination of these.  I’ve made a 3D graphic of the swing to the ALP in Ryan at last year’s election – for every polling place-  that you can fly around in Google Earth – just go here or simply click on the […]

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Postcode 4069

January 6th, 2008 · No Comments · Posts

Unfortunately you cannot live for long in the western suburbs of Brisbane without hearing someone speaking very unfavourably about some of our neighbouring communities to the south-west.  After over-hearing  just such a conversation earlier this week, I’ve been prompted to draw up three graphs from data in the ABS’s 2006 Census community profiles, to illustrate how much those […]

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