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Media Release

August 6 2007

What’s the new thinking in Government reforms?

The administrative revolution behind Australia’s corridors of power in the late 1980s and 1990s saw every level of the public sector introduce sweeping reforms to change how it worked and managed the country. Now there are moves under way to rethink those public management reforms in several Western democracies.

As part of the University of South Australia’s Working Links 2007 Seminar Series, Professor in Accounting, Dennis Taylor will present a free public lecture Government reforms: what’s the new, new thinking? in which he debates the likely reforms to be embraced or resisted by state and local governments.

Which movement will win in Australia? Will it be more structural change involving public-private initiatives, performance measurement as a learning mechanism, new information technologies promising greater accountability, or sustainability management and stakeholder activism?

Find out what reforms are under serious consideration in Australia and hear Professor Taylor’s predictions on what moves will be adopted at the seminar to be held in UniSA’s Bradley Forum, level 5, Hawke Building, City West campus on Tuesday 7 August, at 6 pm for 6.15 pm start.

Covering other topical issues including internationalisation and benchmarking, the seminar is a UniSA International Business Week 2007 event, promoting business growth through export.

Based in the School of Commerce, Prof Taylor has previously held professorial, associate dean, and head of school appointments at The University of Adelaide, Curtin University of Technology, City University of Hong Kong and Monash University. He has also held visiting appointments at universities in the US, Canada, UK, NZ, Malaysia, South Africa and Mauritius.

Prof Taylor is the author of four books and more than 100 publications in areas of corporate financial disclosures, public sector accountability, management control systems and accounting education. He was managing editor of Asian Review of Accounting for 10 years.

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