CEDA Snapshots


CEDA Snapshots explores current issues in a series of short conversations with some of Australia's most influential thought-leaders.

Public Interest Technology and automation

Ahead of CEDA's inaugural Public Interest Technology Forum, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball sat down with Melbourne Business School Dean, Professor Ian Harper, to discuss the digital revolution, the mismatch between productivity growth and the application of automation in society, regulatory and policy frameworks to support Public Interest Technology and ask, should people be anxious about the evolving labour market? 

More CEDA Snapshots 

  President of ATSE, Professor Hugh Bradlow spoke to CEDA's Chief Executive Officer, Melinda Cilento, regarding emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomous vehicles, and the impact it has on Australia's future workforce.     
      In this snapshot, Former leader of the Liberal Party of Australia, Dr John Hewson AM talks to CEDA's Chief Economist, Jarrod Ball, regarding the challenges of political reform in this modern age.
      On the sidelines of CEDA’s Economic and Political Overview events, CEDA Chief Economist, Jarrod Ball sat down with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Chief Economist and Managing Director Economics, Michael Blythe to seek his assessment of the likely impact of the US major tax reform on the US economy, globally and for Australia. Read Michael Blythe's chapter in the 2018 Economic and Political Overview and watch his economic overview address here.


Energy series

Renewable energy update

In this snapshot, CEDA Chief Executive, Melinda Cilento sat down with Jillian Broadbent AO to discuss her speech, Renewable energy financing models. Presented in 2012, Ms Broadbent argued the substantial benefits warranted significant government investment in the emerging clean energy sectors.   

Climate change discussion

In this snapshot, CEDA Chief Executive, Melinda Cilento sat down with Professor Ross Garnaut AC to discuss his speech presented in 2008. In Mitigating the impact of climate change, Professor Garnaut insisted there was a way forward to Australia becoming a genuine low-emissions economy, but, as the source of the highest emissions per head of any country, we would need to change our ways. Ten years on, what does he think now? 

Nuclear update 

In this snapshot, CEDA Chief Executive, Melinda Cilento sat down with Dr Ziggy Switkowski to discuss his speech Nuclear scenarios for Australia, presented in 2009. Dr Switkowski discusses the role of nuclear power in the energy sector today following the Fukushima disaster in 2011. Is there a future for nuclear power in Australia in the future?