I need the Census data to perform some analysis; the ABS release schedule indicated the data comes out first by DVD, then on the web. I duly (and reluctantly – what is this, the 90s?) rang up the ABS and paid $250 for the DVDs. The first release hasn’t showed up yet, and they’ve put the data on the web – so that turns out to have been a waste of money. Apparently the post is slow from Canberra?
A fun diversion but you have to wonder – exactly why is the ABS taking such pains to make sure nobody downloads the data they’re providing to us? It seems likely a primary function of the department, so it’s odd that they are so hostile to its occurrence.