State of the Nation


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Running for over 35 years, CEDA's State of the Nation provides a day and a half of briefings and discussions of topics and policy issues on the national agenda.

The 36th annual State of the Nation was held at Parliament House, Canberra, on the 22 and 23 June 2015, with the theme Old economy, New economy.

As Australia faces major challenges and changes across traditional sectors including manufacturing and resources, State of the Nation provided pivotal discussions with key decision makers, thought-leaders and influencers sharing how the new economy can be embraced for continued economic growth for the country.

Topics included international competitiveness, implications for Australia in conflict and trade, senate reform, the taxation white paper, industry and workforce futures, the role of the Commonwealth in education reform and innovation and productivity. 

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International business and competitiveness: Austrade Chief Executive, Bruce Gosper

Transformational trade - Australian opportunities and challenges: Dr Susan Harris Rimmer

Why we need tax review for the 21st century: Professor Kerrie Sadiq

Industry and workforce futures: Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO

Bridging the divide between urban and regional education: Su McCluskey

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Infrastructure and investment key to economic growth: The Hon. Bill Shorten

Developed world has productivity problem: Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Dr John Edwards, Professor Mardi Dungey, Andrew Smith and Stephen Koukoulas

Creating our own future: The Hon. Jay Weatherill

We do not have monopoly on skills: Ian Narev

Services key to international competitiveness: The Hon. Joe Hockey, Bruce Gosper, Rebecca Dee-Bradbury and Joanna Batstone

Senate system not broken: Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, Clive Palmer and Senator Nick Xenophon

STEM subjects needed for new economy: The Hon. Christopher Pyne, Su McCluskey and Professor Caroline McMillen

Industry must embrace future: The Hon. Ian Macfarlane, Peter Harris AO and Kerrie Mather

Regional stability and peace crucial to economic prosperity: The Hon. Steven Ciobo, Dr Susan Harris Rimmer and Alan Oxley

Disruption is the new normal: Jane Halton AO PSM, Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO and Mark Cully

Tax expenditure growth key to solving fiscal problem: Tony Shepherd AO, Professor Kerrie Sadiq and Chris Richardson

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About State of the Nation:

Each year in June CEDA hosts an annual State of the Nation conference in Canberra. CEDA's State of the Nation is an intensive day and a half of briefings with government and shadow ministers, public servants, commentators and industry analysts, offering an insider's view of the Federal Government's policies. Participants discuss issues directly with speakers and other attendees, and engage in networking opportunities.

Past conferences:

2014 State of the Nation: Australia – Open for Business?

The 35th annual State of the Nation conference was held at Parliament House Canberra on 23 and 24 June 2014, under the banner Australia – Open for Business?

2013 State of the Nation: Adjusting Australia

The 2013 conference was aligned with CEDA's major research project for 2013, Australia Adjusting: Optimising national prosperity, and focused on key public policy areas which impact Australia's economic growth.

2012 State of the Nation: Australia Abound

CEDA's 2012 State of the Nation provided insight from experts on critical issues for Australia including the transition of our energy sector, the role of the business community in economic reforms and Budget implications.