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September 27, 2023

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PwC Sold Off Its Scandal-Plagued Government Consulting Business For 67 Cents

That headline is not an exaggeration, they really did. Technically it was $1 AUD. Yesterday’s news cycle was quickly dominated by news that KPMG US would be slashing its workforce by 5% but we would be remiss not to remind everyone that while us Americans were blissfully snoozing away on Sunday night, PwC Australia sold […]

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Former Partner Who Got His Says Aussie Government Should Stop Using Outside Consultants

*not the actual partner in photo The PwC tax scandal (AFR coverage) has brought to light the government’s liberal use of outside consultants (that’s “liberal” as in “a lot” not the political leaning so spare the comments) and amplified the voices of people who believe the government should be doing a lot of this work […]

Brits To Give Big 4 the Full Monty

Britain’s top accountants are to have their own books scrutinised after the consumer watchdog referred the business of checking companies’ figures for a full-scale competition inquiry. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said it had been concerned for some time that the audit market is highly concentrated with low levels of switching and substantial barriers to entry. The watchdog estimates that in 2010 the “big four” firms, PwC, KPMG, Deloitte and Ernst & Young, earned 99% of audit fees paid by FTSE 100 companies, while between 2002 and 2010 only 2.3% of FTSE 100 firms changed their auditor. [UKPA]