Crunching the carbon price numbers

Labor, the Coalition and the Greens debated climate policy last week and it became clear that the carbon price will have little impact on the economy.

Three politicians and three experts debating climate change may seem a bit old hat, but there was a full house at Melbourne University last week for an event with a difference. Hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics the topic was ‘Transforming data into votes’, which took the clash between science and politics head on.

Each of the speakers presented their main arguments, focussing on key numbers and graphs – thereby proving that you can not only have your own opinions, but also your own facts and even utilise the units that best support your argument.

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