Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2000
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2000
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Knowing Our Nation - live read radio scripts
AN INTRODUCTION: The Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2000 Year Book Australia is being released nationally today as part of the Bureau's 'salute' to Australia Day 2000. To help publicise this publication, and the vast amount of data on the ABS website, we have prepared a series of live read radio scripts for your announcers. The series, called "Knowing Our Nation", will be released in six packets of eight scripts. The following is the first of those six packets. We welcome your feedback on the usability and popularity of these scripts for your needs. This first batch may assist your Australia Day coverage.
We thank you for your anticipated use of this material which, like all ABS information, is thoroughly reliable and objective.
"Knowing Our Nation"
8 x 30 second (approx) Live Reads
Script One:- POPULATION CLOCK
Did you know...there are five times as many of us calling Australia "home" as there were at Federation back in 1901 ?
Last August we welcomed our nineteen millionth Aussie. He or she might have been born here or might have been one of the seventy seven thousand people who chose to make the land down under their home that year.
Oh, and bushies we aren't. Half of us live in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and nearly all of us live in towns.
Check the latest information on the population clock at abs.gov.au or get the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2000 Year Book. Everything you need to know about our nation.
Script Two - MUSIC INDUSTRY
Did you know...our music industry is worth more than a billion dollars a year ?
More than a million of us heard a live symphony concert last year, a quarter of a million saw the opera and we've exported more than Silverchair.
Musica Viva picked up 50,000 customers in its first venture to Singapore. Take a bow there !
Feel a need to start up the band? Pick up the beat at abs.gov.au or see the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2000 Year Book. Everything you need to know about our nation.
Script Three - SPORT
Australians are champions. We're talking sport here.
Rugby, we brought 'Bill'* home. Cricket what a come back! Hockey, men's or women's. Netball. Take your pick .
No wonder ... did you know that last year almost half of us played organised sport ?
If you're under 25 there's a seventy percent chance you hit a ball, pulled an oar, fired an arrow or just plain ran with a sports team. And paid some of the eight hundred and fourteen million dollars to wear the right gear for the game.
The big five organised sports are... sorry , not rugby, forget cricket. Aerobics, golf, tennis, netball and lawn bowls that's how we spend our time. So the game's up.
Surf the net at abs.gov.au or get the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2000 Year Book, our nation's score card.
*World Cup Trophy
Script Four - THE FILM AND VIDEO INDUSTRY
So, you want to be in the movies? You and nine thousand four hundred and thirty-eight other people in Australia. That's what it takes to turn out the TV, movies and ads that bring in better than a billion dollars a year.
Did you know our movies come in at 197 million dollars... about two Titanics ?
We spend five hundred and thirty three million dollars making TV programs and one hundred and ninety seven million dollars on ads to interrupt them...
You want that take again? The action's in the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2000 Year book. And check out abs.gov.au. Everything you need to know about our nation.
Script Five - LEISURE ACTIVITIES
Quiet I'm listening ! Most of the day in fact.
Did you know we spend four and a quarter hours every day listening to radio and watching TV and under two hours talking ?
Every year we listen and watch more and talk less... Well, most of us that is.
How do I know? The Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2000 Year Book. And for other great facts check out abs.gov.au. Everything you need to know about our nation.
Script Six - AID
Did you know that twenty-two countries will get help from Australia this year ? They'll get food, Australian goods and a sizeable chunk of help with education at home and here in Australia.
The help goes near, to the Pacific Islands and as far as Africa.
Bougainville gets special help to rebuild after the war. In Africa we're doing our bit to help with the AIDS epidemic.
Being a good neighbour is part of Australia's business. For more details about our nation, visit www.abs.gov.au or check the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2000 Year Book. Everything you need to know about our nation.
Script Seven - WEATHER
OK, it's official. Did you know it rains harder in Sydney than it does in Melbourne ?
After eighty two years of records Sydney comes up with 340 mm in 24 hours. The best Melbourne can manage is 130 mm.
Want to talk about hail storms? The big one that hit Sydney last year damaged 35,000 roofs, lasted five and a half hours , cost one and a half billion dollars and produced hailstones as big as a soft ball and we hadn't seen anything like it in two hundred years.
Hottest spot in Australia? Cloncurry ... 53.1 degrees Celsius.
Need to find out the chances of the track being wet? It's in the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2000 Year book, with some help from the Bureau of Meteorology. For other great facts check abs.gov.au. Everything you need to know about our nation.
Script Eight - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Did you know in the last ten years Australians have doubled their efforts to find new ways of working smarter ?
Industry, government and universities spent more than ever on research and development and almost two million Australians now have university qualifications.
Industry spends its research dollars on engineering and technology, agriculture comes out on top in government spending and the universities spend most on health research.
But it's a tough world out there. Korean and Japanese businesses still spend two and a quarter times as much as we do on research and the Finns outspend us two to one.
To plan for our future check abs.gov.au or the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2000 Year Book to see how our nation stacks up in the R&D world.
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