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Lies, Statistics and Politics

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I suppose many of us have heard of the saying Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics in referring to the various degrees of lies. It is perhaps fitting that politicians quote statistics, often s-e-l-e-c- tively and reveal their true mindset.

When it comes to pollution of the environment due to wasteful human consumption, Australia with its low population emits a small percentage of the whole. However, if measured per capita - it ranks as one of the top polluters. Our esteemed Prime Minister and many that follow his way of thinking, never tire of always mentioning the  overall percentage contribution of Australia to global warming and seek to avoid undertaking to reduce consumption. They will simply ignore any mention of per capita emission or consumption.

Now, when it comes to support for Syrian refugees fleeing their ravaged country and society, suddenly the Prime Minister and like- minded politicians have suddenly started mentioning per capita in every sentence referring to the aid for refugees or the number of intake of refugees from that area. With a smaller base population, suddenly per capita of Australia sounds better than the overall percentage it contributes!

It is politics as usual. I suppose the saying should be - Liars, Damned Liars and Politicians!

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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