Funeral and upcoming memorials to honour the life of Peter Gavin Hall (1951-2016)

Peter was a giant in Australian statistics, a recipient of a Pitman Medal, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a recipient of many other awards.  He was a prodigious research collaborator, with over 500 publications, and always generous with his time. Peter’s funeral will be held […]

How can we encourage more females to enter STEM area studies and careers?

From theSSA December 2015 Newsletter– by Marie-Louise Rankin, edited by Sonia Langford, speech below by Claudia Kos I recently had the opportunity to attend a public speaking event for high school students organised by UN Youth Voice (https://unyouth.org.au/event/voice-qld/). Sitting for three hours in a lecture hall listening to speeches given by students from year 7 […]

Australian universities are performing above world standards in the mathematical sciences according to the ARC’s State of Australia’s University Research 2015 – 2016

Australian universities are performing above world standards in the mathematical sciences according to the ARC’s State of Australia’s University Research 2015 – 2016 released today. AMSI Media Release – 04 December 2015 “Nearly all of the research undertaken in Australia, in the key disciplines of Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics have been rated in ERA […]

Queensland Branch Xmas meeting

Tuesday 1st December 2015 Time:        From 16:45 for a 17:00 start   (duration of seminar 1h).  Non-members welcome (as always). Cost:        Free Location: Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, Z Block, Room 504 (GP-Z-504) followed by Christmas nibbles in Z Block Gibson Room (GP-Z1064). Speaker:  Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Queensland University of Technology. Title:         Let loose: […]

J. B. DouglasPostgraduate Awards – NSW Annual Lecture – Dinner

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2015 Venue: Aerial UTS Function Centre (Level 7, Building 10), University of Technology, Sydney Time: 1:00pm – 5:15pm: Student Presentations 5:15pm – 5:30pm: Awards Presentation 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Annual Lecture – Professor Malcolm Hudson 6:30pm – onward: Pre-dinner drink at 6:30 and dinner from 7:00pm Please register for annual dinner using Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/ApLeFA by Monday, 16 November 2015.  Professor Malcolm […]

Cancer, bacon and misrepresenting statistics

According to the World Health Organisations International Agency for Research on Cancer “The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.”  Bacon may increase your risk of colorectal cancer by a bit, but the Australian Financial Reviews believes that perhaps  the World […]

The Australian Bureau of Statistics needs your help

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) needs up to 29 district managers to oversee Queensland operations in the lead up to, and following, the 2016 Census of population and housing. Head of the 2016 Census Program, Duncan Young said the Census would count close to 10 million dwellings and about 24 million people in Australia […]

Are you ready for World Statistics Day?

20 October 2015 Official statistics help decision makers develop informed policies that impact millions of people. Improved data sources, sound statistical methods, new technologies and strengthened statistical systems enable better decisions that eventually result in better lives for all of us. On 20 October 2015, the global statistical community will showcase their achievements and their […]

Former ABS head Bill McLennan says employment data ‘not worth paper they’re written on’

Last week Jacob Greber’s of the Australian Financial Review published an article on former ABS head Bill McLennan’s scathing attack on the ABS’ methods of collecting employment data. McLennan has accused the ABS of badly bungling the way it collects and analyses its monthly employment survey and said parts of it should be dumped immediately […]

ABS still a ministerial orphan

The Turnbull government still hasn’t finalised who will ultimately have political responsibility for the ABS. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has become a ministerial orphan under the Turnbull government, which still hasn’t finalised who will ultimately have political responsibility for the troubled organisation. While the bureau will be broadly under the purview of Treasurer Scott […]

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