2002 CPA Australia Ethics Essay award - another winner for UNSW's School of Accounting
Professor Roger Simnett's brainchild of encouraging his Accounting Honours students in the Current Developments in Auditing Research course to submit essays to the prestigious CPA Award has again reaped results. Two of this year's UNSW Accounting Honours students, Steven Mong and Christopher McNamara, submitted entries to CPA Australia's nationwide, annual ethics essay competition. Overall, this year's entries were described as "original", "very up-to-date" and of a consistently high standard" by Professor Donald R Chalmers, spokesperson for the Award's appraisal committee. Given this assessment, it was most pleasing to hear that both of our entrants performed exceptionally well.
Christopher McNamara received a "letter of commendation" for his essay on auditors' ethical decision-making. Steven Mong took out First Place for his piece, which questioned the role of and the remuneration schemes in place for, audit committee members. Steve will be guest of honour at CPA Australia's presentation ceremony where he will receive $2,000 and a framed certificate for his efforts. Steve's win continues the fine tradition of success in the competition for UNSW Accounting Honours students, with Dan Bowden (2001 Honours student) claiming equal First Place last year.
Congratulations to both Steven and Chris.