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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Keynote presentations included:
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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.
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