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Discussion: Misleading ABS surveys

in: jennycas; jennycas > 2015-11-01

Nov 1, 2015 6:56 AM # 
On Census day 2006, I went straight to work after arriving from Europe, which meant my journey to work started in Arhus, Denmark, and involved a bus, a train, a ferry, two more trains, three planes, another bus and some walking. My ABS contacts tell me my response would probably have been coded as "respondent error".
Nov 1, 2015 7:46 AM # 
Well it was. Going straight to work after a flight from Europe!
Nov 1, 2015 11:30 PM # 
Hmm...possibly the ABS would believe me if I reported having bought a $800 pair of shoes, but my friends certainly wouldn't!

Blair, isn't there a rule, or maybe it's a guideline, that you should not, or maybe it's shall not, tell the same anecdote on the same person's AP log more than once in any calendar year?
Nov 2, 2015 11:11 PM # 
Also I may have confounded the survey by reporting that the items I bought at a butcher's were in fact apricot pie & cream :)

Poor survey guy spent a couple of hours with us last night. He looked a little sad when he realised that a truck driver earns rather more than he does (presumably by working a lot more hours though).
Nov 3, 2015 12:02 AM # 
You could tell him he earns more than an unemployed accountant!
Nov 3, 2015 12:10 AM # 
tRicky one for you
Nov 3, 2015 6:47 AM # 
Uhh, thanks but it seems application for these positions closed 18 months ago.

Also $20p/h? I could beg more than that.
Nov 3, 2015 9:36 PM # 
Do you sing tRicky?
Nov 4, 2015 12:17 AM # 
I can ride a bike.
Nov 4, 2015 9:13 AM # 
And dance.

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