What Australian business, political and academic leaders say about CEDA and its role in economic and public policy debate.
What people say about CEDA
CEDA is a great opportunity to have a national conversation,
not just about the present and what is happening in our Australian
economy, (but) what is the future.
Minister for Employment, Workplace
Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten
It's always good to be at a CEDA conference because CEDA is
one of those bodies which does take a deep interest in Australian
public policy and the quality of our Government, the quality of our
public conservation is immensely enhanced by organisations such as
the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.
Leader of the Opposition, Tony
CEDA is a great organisation because it deals with some of
the big issues and as you're non-partisan, you get really good
engagement. So I would encourage you to keep doing what you're
doing. Thank you for the work that you do.
Minister for Finance, Penny Wong
Since its founding by Sir Douglas
Copland fifty years ago, the Committee for Economic Development of
Australia has played an influential role in shaping our country's
public policy and best practice in evolving economic, social,
cultural and international contexts.... CEDA is an important
partner in Australia's democracy.
Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC,
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
It's wonderful to be here at CEDA
once again to do what CEDA does best, which is to keep the focus
firmly on the future... Organisations like CEDA have an important
role to play in promoting public policy debate about how we tackle
the great challenges of the Global Recession and the long term
productivity of this nation.
Julia Gillard, Prime Minister (then
Deputy Prime Minister)
CEDA has been great supporters in getting the CRC's (COAG
Reform Council) message out to people. The CRC has a real debt to
CEDA and I hope we have added some level or stream of interest
about accountability in the cost, jurisdictional world.
COAG Reform Council, Chair, Paul
CEDA's been such an important part
of Australian public life and the policy making framework in this
country. The idea of promoting national economic development in a
sustainable way and a commitment to an evidence-based approach to
policy development, are very important foundations for a lot of
very important work.
Australian Manufacturing Workers'
Union, State Secretary, Tim Ayres
CEDA has played a big role in
providing important public policy discussion for a long period of
Professor Ross Garnaut, Chair of the
Garnaut Climate Change Review
CEDA has, for half a century,
sought to promote informed discussion and balanced development of
the Australian economy. That long-run perspective is never more
important than at times like the present, when a cyclical event is
under way and confidence tends, understandably, to wane.
Glenn Stevens, Governor, Reserve Bank
I want to acknowledge the
significant contribution that this association has made towards
public policy in Australia; it plays a commendable role and is
highly respected. The National Bank very much values its
association with CEDA.
Joseph Healy, Group Executive,
Business Banking, National Australia Bank
…CEDA's stated purpose is "to
promote Australia's economic development in a sustainable and
socially balanced way". This objective is particularly germane to
the topic of today's discussion, climate change and our response to
Dr Martin Parkinson, Secretary to the
Treasury (then Secretary, Australian Government Department of
I'd like to commence by
acknowledging the contribution that CEDA makes to national economic
debate, and the central role that it plays as an organisation for
the exchange of ideas and opinions…and to engage in the great
discourse that is so central to a democracy.
Lindsay Tanner, Former Minister
for Finance and Regulation
I would like to thank CEDA...and
acknowledge the unique contribution the organisation has made to
the development and progress of Australian public policy.
Steve Tucker, CEO, MLC
For progress to be made, corporate
Australia must always be prepared to contribute to - and improve -
the quality of the public policy debate. CEDA has a long-standing
record of achievement and a vitally important role in this
David Morgan, former CEO, Westpac
Thank you to CEDA…for the vital
role they play in fostering public debate.
John Mulchay, CEO, Suncorp Metway
When I think of CEDA I think of
relevance and significance.
Mick Allworth, National Partner in
Charge - Government, KPMG
I think CEDA is a great
institution, it has been for many years, a great forum for
discussing ideas that are important and the Commission has made
good use of this forum over the years and has got very good value
in the feedback we've received.
Commission, Gary Banks AO
CEDA has a great tradition of
non-partisan, open, transparent debate on major issues and by
putting out information and different policy perspectives. It
helps to promote the informed debate in the community, and I think
that is very important, particularly today where there is a
perception that so much debate gets clouded by partisan and other
Senator for New South
Wales, Arthur Sinodinos