CPA's 'new' leader Peter Wilson about to cement Malley playbook
New CPA president Peter Wilson has allowed the body's Singaporean president to email all members urging them to vote for the board's token constitutional reforms.
by Joe Aston
CPA Australia assembles on Tuesday in Melbourne for its first AGM since the sacking of chief executive Alex Malley and the en masse resignation of his servile board. Mark our words: the direction of the organisation under its "new" leadership is shaping up as great a scandal as the behaviour of its "former" rapacious stewards. More accurately, this is a snug handover; Vladimir Putin-style renewal.
Malley and his lieutenants – Graeme Wade, former CPA president Professor Richard Petty, Professor Tyrone Carlin and Canberran octogenarian Jim Dickson – spent years living like kings on their members' dime.
Three of the latter four gave Malley $4.9 million to be sacked. They commissioned Ian McPhee (a long-time friendly, whose panel was paid $996,000 for its verdict) to helm an "independent review" of CPA's management under this avaricious board. Shock, horror: McPhee recommended (in his draft report) keeping those directors in their plentiful seats, in aid of "a level of existing knowledge and understanding". Er, their knowledge and understanding (or at the very best, lazy innocence) of Malley's plunder might've been the problem, Ian! Why will nobody, the facts laid out again and again, put the sirens on this cover-up?
McPhee knew the directors and Malley well; CPA already had him as its FIFO representative (Petty remains one too) on a New York-based industry committee. And we've previously identified the glaring footprints of Malley's cabal on related industry bodies, like the APESB.
CPA Australia board member Graeme Wade before a Senate committee in Canberra last year.
CPA Australia board member Graeme Wade before a Senate committee in Canberra last year. Andrew Meares
Heartbreakingly, the new mob has long been in the same meal queue. CPA's new deputy president Merran Kelsall was, between 2012 and 2015, CPA's delegate to the same New York body, as was new CPA director Robyn Erskine from 2015 to 2017. Go deeper down CPA's elected hierarchy and, for wilful ignorance, there's fecundity never seen outside an IVF clinic.
Did Kelsall or Erskine express any abhorrence of CPA's management (between their arduous honorary trips to Manhattan) about the organisation's rotten leadership? And how ludicrous that McPhee wilfully conducted no genuinely granular inquiries of CPA's spending on travel and hospitality. They've all been gorging themselves at the same teat. And the outgoing directors left only after familiar faces at the trough were appointed to protect them from forensic investigation – as if McPhee's supervision wasn't guarantee enough.
Better yet, the new CPA president Peter Wilson, freeholder of an ego galactically surpassed by its unfounded immensity in this millennium only by (in its coincidental proximity) Malley's, has allowed the body's Singaporean president to email all members urging them to vote for Wilson and the board's token constitutional reforms today, and reject the far-reaching resolutions of CPA's rebels. The local secretariat distributes and collects proxy forms at its suddenly frenzied diary of networking events. Like Malley and friends, Wilson refuses others in the organisation the same opportunity to email or organise members (in recent days requested and refused).
Furthermore, the resolutions that will change the CPA constitution (as radically as those that Malley and his mates snuck through in their heyday) supported by CPA's "new" board will lead to around 60 per cent of CPAs (based in New South Wales and Victoria) being diluted to just 15 per cent of the voting pool that elects the board. No joke, 28 per cent of the membership will get 7 per cent of the power to keep their leaders accountable – an out-and-out gerrymander. This is McPhee's path to democratisation and transparency.
Read our lips: THIS IS NOT CHANGE.
|Merry Christmas to Peter Wilson. When it was suggested that Peter Wilson should be independent of the old board so that we can have a fresh start Peter responded with "That's your issue". Summary of the meeting here: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=594|
A good summary of where we are up to by Joe Aston of the AFR, linked to from here: viewtopic.php?f=5&p=4137#p4137
If you are new to this website read the story so far: viewtopic.php?t=321#p1793
Check out some of the AFR articles, too many to list and check out some of the ABC reports: http://www.afr.com/business/accounting/ ... 215-h055ej http://www.afr.com/business/accounting/ ... 211-h02x1d http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/the ... s,/8626662
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