Speeches & Presentations
by Ian Ball, IFAC CEO
Mar 10, 2011
at CPA Australia, International Public Sector Convention
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.