The Long and Winding Road to Governmental Financial Transparency

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    by Ian Ball, IFAC CEO

    Mar 10, 2011
    at CPA Australia, International Public Sector Convention
    Melbourne, Australia




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    The Long and Winding Road to Governmental Financial Transparency

    Thank you, Tony for the introduction. Good morning everyone.

    It is always a pleasure to be in Melbourne. And it is a particular pleasure to be participating in this convention, both as a member of CPA Australia, and someone who, admittedly a very long time ago, was on the public sector committee of the Tasmanian branch.

    Thinking about what to cover in this presentation lead me to a personal reflection on what has been achieved in governmental financial reporting over the past 40 years, where we are now, and what remains to be done. Even as a very new graduate in accounting, working in the public service in New Zealand 40 years ago, I could not understand why governments did not seem to use good accounting information.


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