The Greater Good


Conversations on policy priorities that matter for our future with Australian leaders across government, business and academia, as CEDA continues to pursue solutions that deliver better economic and social outcomes for the greater good.

The Greater Good | 60 Years of CEDA with Professor John Nieuwenhuysen AM and Professor Neil Warren​

CEDA's inaugural meeting was on Oct 21st, 1960. 60 years later, CEDA's CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by past CEDA research directors to talk about the work they did and how it helped shape the CEDA of today.

The Greater Good | Youth perspectives on the federal budget

In today's episode of The Greater Good, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Cindy Chen, a year 12 student from Wesley College studying economics, and Sonia Arakkal, Co-founder of Think Forward.

Australia's youth has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, so it's vital to ensure that the voices of our future generations are heard and taken into consideration when making policy decisions. This episode covers the budget's approach to climate change, tax cuts missing the mark for young Australians, long term tax reform, Jobmaker and Jobseeker, and a sense of optimism despite the state of the economy.

The Greater Good | Vivian Graubard, Senior Advisor for Public Interest Technology, New America​

Join CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and New America's Vivian Graubard as they discuss using public interest technology to create simple but practical tech solutions, the ability to address systematic inequality through technology, and the difficult process of earning the trust of users.

The Greater Good | Dr Katherine Gibney, Doherty Institute infectious diseases physician and medical epidemiologist​

In this episode of The Greater Good, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Dr Katherine Gibney of the Doherty Institute to talk about how Australia has handled COVID, what we should be doing that we aren't, and what the next six months looks like for us.

The Greater Good | Adrian Turner, CEO, Minderoo Fire Fund​

In today's episode, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Minderoo Fire Fund CEO, Adrian Turner. Minderoo Foundation has committed AU$70 million to rebuild communities, revitalise local economies and develop a long-term blueprint for wildfire and disaster resilience.

The Greater Good | Andrew Wear, Author of Solved!: How other countries have cracked...

In this episode CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Andrew Wear, author of 'Solved!: How other countries have cracked the world's biggest problems and we can too' to speak about how we can look to other countries for solutions to the problems Australia faces, and whether or not our cities will be able to bounce back from COVID.

The Greater Good | Dr. Peter Davidson, Principal Advisor, ACOSS​

In this episode of The Greater Good, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Dr. Peter Davidson of ACOSS to discuss the implications of a lowered Jobseeker rate,  the impacts on the unemployment rate for the foreseeable future,  and what can be done to avoid the economy falling further than is already expected.

The Greater Good | Judy Slatyer, Australian Red Cross and James Deverell, CSIRO​

CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Judy Slatyer, CEO Australian Red Cross and James Deverell, Director of CSIRO Futures to discuss the Australian National Outlook, making the COVID-19 recovery more inclusive, and how the Australian economy can become more adaptable and resilient.

The Greater Good | Jordan O'Reilly, Co-founder and CEO at Hireup

In this edition of The Greater Good, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento spoke with Hireup Co-Founder and CEO Jordan O'Reilly about the NDIS, individualisation in disability support, and the implications of technology in innovation.

Poverty and COVID-19 | Toni Wren, Executive Director of Anti Poverty Week

Join CEDA CEO Melinda CIlento as she speaks with Toni Wren about poverty, Jobseeker, and what needs to be done to help those below the poverty line.

Innovation and recovery | Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO

Science and technology is at the forefront of our efforts to contain the COVID-19 crisis but it will also shape our path forward. CEDA CEO, Melinda Cilento, speaks with CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall, about how CSIRO has helped to manage the COVID-19 crisis in Australia and the role innovation will play in the recovery.

Supporting the arts through the COVID-19 crisis | Kim Williams AM

The COVID-19 crisis has put tremendous pressure on the arts sector but Copyright Agency Chair, Kim Williams, says the sector was in need of help even before the pandemic. He spoke with CEDA CEO, Melinda Cilento, about the value of the arts to Australia's culture and economy and why government investment in this space is more important than ever.