2017 Economic and Political Overview (EPO)



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

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

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

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

More authors to be confirmed.  

2017 EPO events

       Brisbane | launch event | 17 February 2017

      Canberra | TBC

Perth | 22 February 2017

  Townsville | 23 February 2017

   Adelaide | 24 February 2017

Sydney | 3 March 2017

More events to be announced.

 

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.

Download EPO 2016 publication  | Watch videos from EPO 2016     

Read media release: CEDA 2016 outlook report: recession unlikely, but risks remain, confidence and capex needed  

Read opinion piece by CEDA Chief Executive, Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin: Outlook highlights risks, a dash of politics doesn’t help  

  

 

2016 EPO authors

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

Political overview
Dr Peter van Onselen, Winthrop Professor of Journalism, University of Western Australia; contributing editor, The Australian; presenter Sky News

Positives aplenty: Australian business competing overseas
Leanne Cutts, President, Gum, Candy, and Powdered Beverages and Marketing Services, Asia Pacific, Mondelez International
Amanda Banfield, Managing Director, Mondelez International Australia and New Zealand

Challenging times for Australia
Sam Churchill, Head of Macro Research, Magellan Financial Group

Achieving stronger growth
Lisa Gropp, Chief Economist, Business Council of Australia

2016 EPO events

Brisbane | 18 February 2016 | launch event
event summary and videos

  Canberra | 19 February 2016
event summary and videos

Adelaide | 19 February 2016
event summary and videos

Hobart | 22 February 2016
event summary

Melbourne | 26 February 2016
event summary and videos

Perth | 26 February 2016
event summary and videos

Townsville | 26 February 2016
event summary

Sydney | 8 March 2016

Darwin | 9 May 2016


Watch report highlights from contributing authors

Michael Blythe, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Economics, Commonwealth Bank of Australia discusses domestic and international outlook

     

  


Amanda Banfield, Managing Director, Mondelez International Australia and New Zealand discusses actioning innovation and business sentiment 

    

 


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 2015 Economic and Political Overview (EPO) 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. Watch videos from the 2015 EPO, read the media release, or opinion piece by CEDA Chief Executive, Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin.

Click here to download 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.