Lies, damned lies and boat arrivals

Published in Crikey

Kevin Rudd yesterday was asked about the number of illegal boat people arrivals in Australia since his pre-election commitment to “turn back the boats”.

He answered the question with statistics that I have graphed for your viewing pleasure.  They seem at odds with the graph I published last week until you realise that Rudd has been somewhat selective with the statistics he cited.

Source: Hansard Proof 25 November 2009

For ease of reference, here’s my graph from last week:

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