2019 Economic and Political Overview in Canberra

2019 Economic and Political Overview in Canberra

Feb 15
CEDA’s Economic and Political Overview is Australia’s premier series of briefings on the issues that will shape the year ahead. Join us in Canberra with ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr for his annual keynote address.  


Andrew Barr MLA, ACT Chief Minister
Associate Professor Jane Golley, Acting Director, Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University
Matthew Hassan, Senior Economist, Westpac
David Johnston, Australian Defence Export Advocate

Event overview

CEDA’s annual Canberra EPO returns to the National Press Club in 2019, bringing together political, economic, and business leaders to shine a light on the economic and political drivers that will shape the year ahead.

Featuring leaders from across government and business, this event will feature:

  • A keynote address by Mr Barr on what drives investment and priorities for infrastructure, jobs, and population in ACT;
  • A panel discussion examining Australian opportunities in global defence industries including cyber, aerospace, shipbuilding, and integration into global supply chains;
  • Discussion on economic, social and geopolitical implications for Australia from a threatening US-China trade war;
  • A 2019 political outlook to be delivered by a senior commentator from the Canberra press bureau; and
  • An economic outlook to be delivered by a senior economist highlighting market outlook and key economic trends that will shape the Australia economy in 2019.

Event presentations

Andrew Barr MLA, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory MP3

Andrew Barr MLA moderated discussion MP3


Matthew Hassan, Westpac MP3 | PDF

Dr Jane Golley, Australian National University MP3 | PDF

Karen Middleton, The Saturday Paper MP3

Moderated discussion MP3


David Johnston, Australian Defence Export Advocate MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Andrew Barr MLA
ACT Chief Minister

As a social progressive and economic reformer, Andrew has led a positive agenda for Canberra since being elected ACT Chief Minister in 2014. During Andrew’s time as ACT Chief Minister, Canberra has been ranked by the OECD as the best city in the world to live and by Lonely Planet as one of the best cities in the world to visit. He was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2006 and has served in a number of Ministerial portfolios including planning, education, housing, community services and sport. He is Australia’s longest-serving Tourism Minister and is also the ACT Treasurer and Minister for Economic Development. 

Meet the speakers

Associate Professor Jane Golley
Acting Director, Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University

Associate Professor Jane Golley is an economist and Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University. Her research over several decades has covered a wide range of Chinese transition and development issues, including industrial agglomeration and regional policy; demographic change and economic growth; rural-urban and gender inequalities in education and income; Socialism with Chinese characteristics and the Belt and Road Initiative. Jane teaches a Masters course on The Chinese Economy at the Crawford School of Public Policy and is actively engaged in public policy and media debate regarding the Australia-China relationship.

Matthew Hassan
Senior Economist, Westpac

Matthew Hassan is a Senior Economist with Westpac. His specific areas of expertise are housing markets and the Australian consumer. Matthew’s research has been instrumental in shaping Westpac’s views on the Australian economy, including recent calls on official interest rates. His research has provided important insights into housing market developments and the behaviour of the Australian consumer.

David Johnston
Australian Defence Export Advocate

David was elected to the Australian Parliament as a Senator for Western Australia in 2001 and was a Senator for 15 years. On 9 April 2018, Mr Johnston was announced as the first Australian Defence Export Advocate. The Australian Defence Export Advocate provides international advocacy for defence industry and will play an important role in delivering a national approach to export success. David has a strong commitment to Australian Defence Industry and the current Australian Government’s budgetary support the Defence portfolio particularly focussing upon Australian naval ship and submarine building.

Karen Middleton
Political Editor, Saturday Paper

Karen Middleton is the Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper, a weekly long-form newspaper focused on politics and culture and published by Schwartz Media. An experienced political analyst and commentator on television, radio and in print, Karen also appears on ABC TV’s political talk shows Insiders and The Drum and on Network Ten's The Project. She is an occasional correspondent for BBC TV and radio and TRT World TV, Istanbul, and a regular contributor to ABC radio, and correspondent for Monocle24 radio UK and Radio New Zealand.

Additional participants to be confirmed.


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