Economic and Political Overview (EPO)



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Australia's premier series of briefings on the economy and politics for the year ahead.
CEDA's EPO is Australia's premier publication and series of briefings on the Australian economy and politics for the year ahead.

Running for more than 30 years, the EPO brings together political, economic and business leaders and provides CEDA members with business intelligence on the environment they will be operating in over the next 12 months.

2017 EPO


The 2017 Economic and Political Overview (EPO) will provide an economic and political forecast for 2017, and consider the theme Delivering economic reform. With the Australian Government in its eighth continuous year of substantial fiscal deficit, and the unlikelihood that promises of a return to surplus will be met, the EPO  will provide a follow-up to CEDA’s major research reports of 2016, Deficit to balance: budget repair options and Australia’s economic future: agenda for growth, assessing what action remains to be taken for the Federal Budget to be returned to balance by 2018–19.

The EPO will explore the complexities of the domestic and international factors that are currently shaping Australian politics –  such as Brexit, the rise of populism, extremism and independents – and how these will shape and hinder policy setting in the year ahead. The EPO will consider how Australia’s leaders can push the agenda of economic reform in the current political climate, and whether the political structure needs changing in order to do so.   

2017 EPO authors

Economic overview
Michael Blythe, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Economics, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Political Overview
Katharine Murphy, Political Editor, Guardian Australia

Balancing the budget
Dr John Edwards, Visiting Fellow, Lowy Institute; Director, CEDA 

Politics of Economics
Peter Martin, Economics Editor, The Age

Engaging communities in economic reform
Associate Professor Anika Gauja Department of Government and International Relations Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney University   

2017 EPO events

       Melbourne | EPO launch | 15 February 2017

Perth | 16 February 2017

Brisbane | 17 February 2017

Hobart | 20 February 2017

    Canberra | 23 February 2017

      Townsville | 23 February 2017

       Adelaide | 24 February 2017

    Sydney | 3 March 2017

Darwin | TBC

 

2016 EPO

CEDA's 2016 Economic and Political Overview (EPO) provides economic and political insights and also examines Australian international competitiveness, challenges and opportunities for Australian businesses and sustainable productivity growth.

                         

Past EPOs

Economic and Political Overview 2016

CEDA's 2016 Economic and Political Overview (EPO) provides economic and political insights and also examines Australian international competitiveness, challenges and opportunities for Australian businesses and sustainable productivity growth. The publication was launched in Brisbane with a series of events in capital cities across Australia during February and March. Read the EPO 2016 media release or the opinion piece by CEDA Chief Executive, Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin.  

Click here to download pdf copy of the EPO 2016

Economic and Political Overview 2015

CEDA's 2015EPO provides economic and political forecasts and also examines funding options from the finance sector and some proposed market-based reforms and equity issues in Australia.The publication was launched in Sydney with a series of events in capital cities across Australia during February and March. Read the EPO 2015 media release or the opinion piece by CEDA Chief Executive, Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin.  

Click here to download pdf copy of the EPO 2015

 

Economic and Political Overview 2014

CEDA's EPO 2014 provides economic and political forecasts, and examines government productivity, red tape, and how external factors will shape Australia's economy. The publication was launched with a series of events in capital cities across Australia during February and March. Read the EPO 2014 media release or the opinion piece by CEDA Chief Executive, Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin.

Click here to download pdf copy of the EPO 2014

 

Economic and Political Overview 2013

CEDA's EPO 2013 examines the Australian economy and politics at state and federal levels with insights and information on the operating environment over 2013. The publication was launched with a series of events in capital cities across Australia. These events examined the important issues of electricity prices and the future of work as well as providing economic and political outlooks for 2013. Click here to access summary, articles and videos from the 2013 EPO.

Click here to download pdf copy of the 2013 EPO. 

 

Economic and Political Overview 2012

CEDA’s EPO 2012 examines the challenges faced by our multi-speed economy; the likely impact of key policies including the carbon tax, mining tax, poker machine reforms; Australia's productivity performance over the past decade and how to improve productivity. The publication launched with a series of events across Australia. These events examined the important issues of productivity and federal/state financial relations, and provided economic and political outlooks for 2012.

Click here to download pdf copy of the 2012 EPO. 

See our archive of EPOs from previous years.  

About the EPO

CEDA's EPO is Australia's premier publication and series of briefings on the Australian economy and politics for the year ahead. Running for more than 30 years, the EPO brings together political, economic and business leaders and provides CEDA members with business intelligence on the environment they will be operating in over the next 12 months.

Read Professor Ian Marsh's article on the longevity of the EPO.