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Pallot Memorial Lecture

The Pallot Memorial Lecture was instituted in honour of June Pallot, Professor of Accounting at Canterbury University from 1997-2004. Professor Pallot was one of New Zealand’s leading accountancy academics and an internationally acknowledged expert in the field of public sector accounting.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, she had a long-standing involvement in setting accounting standards for the public sector through her membership of the Public Sector Accounting Committee, Financial Reporting Committee, Financial Reporting Standards Board and Society of Local Government Managers.

Professor Pallot held a variety of public sector positions including the Telecom Establishment Board (1986-1991), and a secondment to the Audit Office as Assistant Auditor General where she was responsible for accounting and financial management policy (1993-1995).
Professor Pallot undertook research on behalf of a diverse range of organisations throughout the world, from the Commonwealth Secretariat to Stockholm Centre for Organisational Research.          

This lecture series brings leading academics and accounting professionals to Canterbury to provide a public lecture highlighting their recent work and its relevance to business and industry.

2015 Lecture:
The EQC's Natural Disaster Fund: Myth or Reality?

sue newberry

Sue Newberry
Professor in Accounting
University of Sydney

When: Thursday 10 September 2015, 4pm - 5pm
Where: Laws 526 Lecture Theatre, Business and Law Building
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The Department of Accounting and Information Systems is pleased to present Sue Newberry, Professor of Accounting at the University of Sydney Business School, as guest speaker for our Pallot Lecture 2015. Professor Newberry’s research focuses on financial accounting and
standard-setting, especially public sector accounting. She will discuss earlier reforms of the Earthquake Commission, and identify some lessons for today.

Sue Newberry is Professor of Accounting at the University of Sydney, and a former staff member at the University of Canterbury. She worked with, and studied under June Pallot. Sue’s research is focused on public sector financial management reforms seeking to understand the policy and democratic consequences. Accounting provides a way to scrutinise these technical financial developments. She also conducts related research into the politics of international accounting standard setting. Professor Newberry serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including Financial Accountability & Management; Abacus; and Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Past Pallot Lectures


Presenter: Associate Professor Sue Newberry, University of Sydney
Topic: The significance of accounting in public sector reform: whole of government financial reports


Presenter: Professor Christine Cooper from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Topic: The significance of Public Sector Accounting as a Form of Constrained Communication


Presenter: Professor Jonathan Boston, Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
Topic: Holding Humanity to Account for the Future State of the Planet


Presenter: Professor Lee Parker, School of Commerce, University of South Australia
Topic: Corporate Governance and Boardroom Accountability: Lessons from the Top