Where the money goes


This article presents a pie graph with a difference - modelled on an actual pie! A quick sum will show that the total for the pieces of the pie is $120, not the $111 in the figure. How might this have happened? When compared to the article Australians quit the kitchen to dine out, the discrepancy can be seen in miscellaneous being $18, not $27. This brings up the issue of accurately transfering, reporting, and interpreting data.

Consideration of other figures given in the article might lead to a discussion of what other representations could be drawn or discussed. Why are the values ordered? What figures are missing which would assist in telling a more complete story of spending? Students in a social science class or with a particular interest might contact the Bureau of Statistics for more complete figures.


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