AFR interactive artist Les Hewitt, my frequent partner-in-crime, and I have done some work with our award-winning investigative journalist Neil Chenoweth on a series of stories about profit shifting by multinational corporations.
The interactives in the stories are designed to complement Neil’s forensic examination of each firm’s accounts. A lot of time it involves taking a very complex set of accounting structures and telling the story as visually as possible to get the essence of what is going one without going into the detail.
I’ve written a series of stories looking at the job market for accounting students and graduates, the inclusion of the field on a list of in-demand occupations and the state of the jobs market.
It is an area where there is big money at stake (international students are a critical cash cow for universities) and conflicting views about the jobs market for accountants from the major accounting bodies (CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants ANZ), government agencies (the federal Department of Employment), accounting firms, universities and academics.
28 Oct 2014: Accounting bodies do about-face on jobs for foreign students
The major accounting bodies have, for the first time, publicly acknowledged the difficulties international accounting graduates have in finding professional work in Australia.
In an about-face, CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants ANZ now say the difficulties of overseas graduates have finding jobs are “well understood”, and they have “a number of programs in place at the local, state and federal level, and through universities around Australia aimed at supporting international students”.
The acknowledgement comes after the accounting bodies told the federal government last year of a shortage of accountants as part of a successful review to keep the occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), which is a list of in-demand occupations.
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There is a fierce debate about housing prices in Australia, with the arguments ranging from property prices being wildly overvalued through to supply merely catching up with demand.
The Reserve Bank has been conservative in their commentary, and their biannual Financial Stability Review outlined a more nuanced picture of the housing market.
The key table is below, and it shows that most housing investor debt is owed by high-income households with the ability to service their payments when property price growth moderates.
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I regularly cover the political polls with a view to providing readers with an objective overview of what the different pollsters have found.
We have a database of all the national polls going back several years that I use to provide context to the stories.
This allows me to focus on the long-term trends and provide context to any individual poll finding.
The stories are complemented by our interactive
Poll of Polls visualisations.
9 Sept, 2014: Coalition behind in polls after a year
The federal government has suffered a sustained and significant loss in its primary and two-party preferred polling after one year in power, with the signals on any possible recovery mixed.
Voters are also unimpressed with the leaders of both main parties, with the dissatisfaction ratings of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten rising since last year.
Read more about the latest polls at The Australian Financial Review.
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The Australian Financial Review’s Polling Explorer was designed to help make sense of the data deluge that accompanies every federal budget. The interactive features five modules tackling a different major element of the budget. It was produced with the fine data visualisation experts from Small Multiples.
Poll of Polls
This interactive graphic combines nine sources of election information into one visualisation. The design only uses the Labor two-party preferred polling data and presents this vertically. A simple weighted average of the polls is used to produce a weekly average. On the right-hand side the average poll result is converted into a probability and below this is an averaged betting market probability. The idea is that readers can get a quick update on the state of the polls and how they compare with the betting market assessment. They can then dive into the information by selected one or more poll to track and seeing how it changes over time.
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