Fresh objectives for CPA president

THE WA branch of CPA Australia will lobby govern-ment and employer groups with greater intensity following the recent appointment of Kevin Judge as president.

Mr Judge said the CPA would focus on issues including tax, insolvency, superannuation and corporate law.

He said the CPA would continue to be a leader in business and finance, and increase its member services.

CPA Australia is the largest professional body in the Southern Hemisphere and the fifth largest accounting body in the world.

As of December 1999, CPA Australia had 90,208 members, of which more than 21,000 are enrolled in the CPA program.

Mr Judge said CPA was keen to foster strong relations with the Asian division.

“WA is closer to Asia in terms of geography and time zones than other Australian states so it is important to maximise the possibilities with Asia. In addition, a great number of Asian students come to Perth to study accounting,” he said.

In view of this aim, CPA is sending a delegation to Malaysia in October to find out what Malaysia can offer WA in terms of trade opportunities and vice-versa.

The Asian division, established in 1996, represents the long-standing ASCPA branches in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong. It has 18,000 members and is now the third largest after New South Wales and Victoria.

The organisation has branches in all Australian capital cities, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. Mr Judge was formerly the managing partner and senior partner of Horwath & Horwath Perth (1973-1989).

Then, he established Judge Constable in 1989 and is currently the firm’s senior partner. Judge Constable is a general practice of 20 personnel specialising in tax, accounting, audit and insolvency.

Mr Judge is a registered tax agent, company auditor and official liquidator and has had extensive tax experience in all phases of the accounting profession. In addition, he has 20 years’ experience in corporate matters, after having been a chairman of directors for a number of publicly listed companies.

Outgoing CPA president is Colin Murphy, executive director (financial) for WA Treasury.

Joining Mr Judge as fellow councillors are deputy president Graham Harrison, vice presidents Gaye McMath (Professional Development), Phil Palmer (Member Services) and Ernie Wohlsein (Intellectual Capital).

Other councillors include Colin Murphy, Colin Beavis, John Cahill, Melissa Frost, Ron Metcalf, Des Pearson and Geoff Totterdell.

Mr Judge noted that member services included ensuring the CPA not only provided practitioners in the regional areas with free library and Internet access, but also delivered accounting-related books to them.

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