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A Humane Reckoning - From Accounting to Accountability at Macquarie University

The full-year subject 05110 Accounting 1, had asco-requisites Introductory Statistics, Introduction to Computing andMathematics of Finance Whatever else it was that Macquarie accountinggraduates would be able to do, they would be able to count.

In1978 first year enrolments in Accounting alone stood at 410; a year later they stood at 620. By 1982, Martin noted to the administration that he had over 1100students in first year Accounting alone, a number the Department was facing without prospect of staff renewal

Student numbers in first year were "exceptionally high", impacting upon the ability of staff to effectively mark the vast tide of assignments.Carrick Martin was giving three lectures a day, twice a week in order to spread the student numbers across the available teaching spaces: "it was getting ridiculous" [C. Martin].

If Frank Clarke's Newcastle focused on accounting history; and Wollongong on critical accounting; Macquarie under Graeme Harrison was marked by a coherent diversity. [Reeve] would create a complementary relationship of great power: Graeme would write the reports, Reeve the systems and numbers. "He would do the words", noted Reeve, "and I would write the music".