There’s been lots of numbers flying around with the land tax debate this week.
And now there’s even more statistics, this time with the school closures controversy.
Education minister Andrew Barr is quoting ABS numbers to back up his case.
He says the ACT has had a declining birth rate for a while now, and demographic changes justify the closing of some smaller schools in suburbs with declining populations.
Barr also quoted some research yesterday about the government’s Towards 2020 plan, which contained the rather disturbing line that, in effect, parents who were initially angry about the changes eventually saw the light.
UPDATE: The Save Our Schools group has its own take on the ABS birth figures. Read their media release here.