Go figure

I’ve been prattling on recently about how the Australian Bureau of Statistics should make its microdata (a) free and (b) accessible to overseas users. My colleague Philip Clarke just popped in to tell me that things have actually gotten worse over time. Instructions for accessing the microdata for the ABS 1983 National Health Survey said that the cost was:

$84, which includes freight charges to a destination within Australia (overseas customers are required to pay the appropriate freight charges).

According to the RBA’s inflation calculator, $84 in 1983 is $197 in today’s money. But today, the price for ABS microdata is $1320 to non-university users. And if you’re a foreigner, forget about it.

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