I’ve downloaded a copy of the LPA’s “Real Solutions” booklet as I expect it to hold up about as well as Abbott’s Direct Action Plan. To be honest, I didn’t expect to find such an obviously misleading point so quickly.
Firstly, I find it funny that the booklet is littered with quotes from Abbott now nearly 20yrs old. Has he not said much of inspiration since? Furthermore, he has made it clear that dredging up old quotes of his that are not in his favour is a mugs game – how is it different here?
Anyway, that’s a side note. What interested me straight away was this graph on page 14.
Okay, initially you might find it reasonable. He’s showing the difference between the last year of the Howard era (blue) against the ALP period (red), showing a steep increase in working days lost. Shame on you ALP!
But, wait a minute. If the climate deniers have taught me anything, it’s to be weary of graphs.
So, I went to the effort of going to the ABS website and downloading the actual working days lost data back until 2001. Here’s what I found;
Incredible! 2006 and 2007 are amazingly among the lowest years. The pretty picture fails as soon as we head back further in time – the Howard era actually has the highest values in the graph!
It must be noted my values are slightly different because I went with calendar years, not financial years.
So there you go, Abbott’s “Real Solutions” on a cursory glance holds real misleading information.
More to come as I wade through it.
The above is now in an info-graph: