State of the Nation 2011 - Rethinking Australia

State of the Nation 2011 - Rethinking Australia

Jun 20

For registration information about this event please contact Jun Lee Sia on 03 9652 8414.

The State of the Nation is a strong part of CEDA's heritage and presents a once-a-year opportunity for the public to actively engage with key government ministers, the opposition leader, public policy decision makers and commentators, in a post budget setting.



 Public event
 Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Canberra, ACT

 Two days - 20 and 21 June 2011



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SoN 2011

Monday, 20 June 2011 - 7.15am to 9.00pm
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 - 7.30am to 12.00pm

Registration fees   /   Accommodation and travel


State of the Nation: Rethinking Australia conference reports


As we move into the second decade of the new millennium and come to terms with the pressing and pertinent issues facing Australia, CEDA's State of the Nation will ask how we start to make progress with these issues through discussion around 'Rethinking Australia' for the immediate future and for generations to come.

2010 was a remarkable year for Australian politics with a federal election which produced a hung parliament and a minority government.

Over two days, 'Rethinking Australia' will pose some hard questions and deliver topical debate around impending reform and policy implementation. Specifically, the sessions will examine:

  • Budget and Tax reform for the future
  • Responses to population growth, demographic changes and planning for our regional and urban centres
  • What is proposed to ensure a strategic approach to deal with water and energy security and climate policy?
  • How can we return to a trajectory of robust growth in productivity in order to cope with long-term economic and social needs? Is there a case for a prosperity fund?



  • The Hon Greg Combet AM MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
  • The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, Minister for Resources and Energy
  • The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation
  • Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Finance and Deregulation


The future of Infrastructure and mobilising Australians

  • Nick Dimopoulos, Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner, National Transport Commission
  • Mike Mrdak, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Transport
  • Brenton Thomas, Principal Adviser, Infrastructure, Treasury

Population and demographics

  • Prof Julian Disney, CEDA Board of Governors; Chair, National Summit on Housing Affordability; and Director, Social Justice Project, University of NSW
  • Prof Graeme Hugo, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Demography and Liveability, Department of Sustainable Environment, Water, Population and Communities and ARC Professorial Fellow, University of Adelaide
  • Bernard Salt, Partner, KPMG

Climate Change

  • Mitch Hooke, Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia
  • Erwin Jackson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Institute
  • Brad Page, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Supply Association of Australia
  • Belinda Robinson, Chief Executive, APPEA

Water Security

  • Dr Wendy Craik AM, Commissioner, Productivity Commission
  • Rob Freeman, Chief Executive, Murray Darling Basin Authority
  • Prof John Langford AM, Director, Uniwater
  • Chloe Munro, Acting Chair, National Water Commissioner and Chairman, AquaSure

China in Australia's Future

  • Commentator: Professor Hugh White, Professor of Strategic Studies
    Australian National University

Regional Development in WA

  • Paul Rosair, Director General, Department of Regional Development and Lands

Additional speakers to be confirmed
Click here to view the current conference agenda


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Registration Fees  (including GST)

Members and Guests
Non members

$1749 per person
$1969 per person

Online registration requires payment by credit card. If you wish to pay by cheque or EFT a $10 per person administration fee will apply. Please click the link below to print a registration form which should be completed and returned with your preferred method of payment.

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Accommodation and Travel


  • Delegates are asked to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements and finalise their own accounts.
  • The conference venue, Hotel Realm Canberra, is offering a conference rate of $275 per person (Suite), per night. To make your reservation please phone the Hotel on 02 6163 1888 and quote 2006CE to receive these rates. 
  • Accommodation options at Hotel Realm are limited. CEDA has also arranged corporate rates at The Bentley Suites at $155 per night (1 bedroom suite) or $190 per night (2 bedroom suite). To make your reservation please phone 02 6163 1888 and quote 2006CE to receive these rates.
  • If accommodation is not available at these venues, you can also enquire with the following venues, all within walking distance of Hotel Realm.
      - Rydges Capital Hill 02 6295 3144
      - Hotel Kurrajong 02 6234 4444
      - The Brassey of Canberra 02 6273 3766
      - Forrest Inn and Apartments 02 6295 3433



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