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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The Australian Financial Review’s Politics Explorer allows readers to see the party and margin of each federal House of Representatives seat and work out how the polls might impact this distribution. There are two key parts to the interactive database:
1) The Swing Calculator simulates the change in seats based on different poll outcomes. This is updated as new polling results are added to our interactive polling database.
2) The Electorate Explorer provides an overview of individual seats and the key candidates.