2016 Economic and Political Overview in Brisbane

2016 Economic and Political Overview in Brisbane

Feb 18
CEDA's Economic and Political Overview is Australia's premier national publication and event series on the Australian economy and politics for the year ahead.


Gary Edstein, Senior Vice President, DHL Express Oceania
John O’Sullivan, Chairman Australian Investment Banking, Credit Suisse
Warren Tease, Principal Advisor Macroeconomic Conditions Division, Federal Treasury
Julie Toth, Chief Economist, AiGroup

Event overview

The Economic and Political Overview (EPO) brings together leading thinkers and commentators from across sectors to provide frank analysis of the political and economic landscape.

Leadership, government policy, the prospect of major economic reform and the Federal Budget will be key issues as we near a federal election.  What then are the implications for retaining the status quo - or for change, to business confidence and economic growth in the coming year?

In 2016 consideration must be given to:

  • The competiveness of Australian businesses;
  • Trends in sectors critical to our economic performance;
  • The impacts of reform to taxation, the Federation and government spending; and 
  • Domestic and global influences.

This event is being live streamed. Click here to watch this event live stream.

For more than 30 years CEDA's Economic and Political Overview report and forums have been a valued opening to the year – providing up to date insights and analysis to informing business and strategic planning for the year ahead.

The EPO morning session provides detailed presentations and an important opportunity for senior leaders’ discussion before the EPO keynote lunch.  

Bring together your colleagues, clients and guests for an early analysis of what the forward year holds. All attendees receive a copy of CEDA's 2016 Economic and Political Overview report.

CEDA will also present an Economic and Political Overview breakfast event in Townsville on Friday 26 February.

Meet the speakers

Gary Edstein
Senior Vice President, DHL Express Oceania

Global business and economic trends drive DHL Express’s business. Gary has been in international transport for 37 years, he examines exchange rate, export conditions, skill shortages and national and regional influences to plan for international trade and exports trends.

John O’Sullivan
Chairman Australian Investment Banking, Credit Suisse

John has led Australia’s largest transactions including the Telstra public offering, Sydney Airport sale and CBA’s Colonial and BankWest acquisitions. He has advised Future Fund infrastructure acquisitions, resources sector mergers and written extensively on corporate and securities law.

Warren Tease
Principal Advisor Macroeconomic Conditions Division, Federal Treasury

Warren joined the Treasury after 20 years’ experience in financial markets, working for UBS Global Asset Management, Morgan Stanley and Schroders. Prior to his financial market roles Warren worked on macroeconomic policy issues for the Reserve Bank of Australia and the OECD.

Julie Toth
Chief Economist, AiGroup

Julie Toth leads economic research, analysis and policy across sectors including manufacturing, defence, ICT and labour hire. Having previously held senior roles with ANZ Banking Group and the Productivity Commission she brings private and public sector experience to AiGroup's work.

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

Michael monitors, analyses and forecasts trends in the Australian economy. With more than 30 years’ experience in economic policy and financial markets he leads significant research and provides macroeconomic analysis. He was previously a Senior Economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Mark Textor
Managing Director, Crosby | Textor

Mark Textor is co-founder of CrosbyTextor, a political pollster and campaign strategist. An economist, Mark critically analyses consumer, investor and voter behaviour. He has advised governments, Premiers and Opposition Leaders in six countries and CEO’s and Boards of major Australian and multi-national companies.

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