2016 Economic and Political Overview in Townsville

2016 Economic and Political Overview in Townsville

Feb 26
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. CEDA is pleased to again present this national event in Townsville in 2016.


Warwick Agnew, Deputy Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury
Nathan Taylor, Chief Economist, CEDA
Michael Workman, Senior Economist, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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 competitiveness 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.

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.

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 event in Brisbane on Thursday 18 February. 

Meet the speakers

Warwick Agnew
Deputy Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury

Warwick Agnew held senior roles with Transfield Services and Macquarie Capital prior to his appointment at Queensland Treasury. He has invaluable experience of major infrastructure projects, financial and commercial procurement and in corporate finance advisory services.

Nathan Taylor
Chief Economist, CEDA

Nathan Taylor is the Chief Economist at CEDA and contributes to CEDA’s research and policy agenda. He has developed CEDA’s research programs on public policy setting, examined the issues associated with Australia’s population, and developed reform agendas for Australia’s macro-economy and within the healthcare, energy and water sectors. Nathan has held a series of policy roles at the RBA, CCI WA, WALGA and others.

Michael Workman
Senior Economist, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Michael analyses local and international economic trends and their implications for interest rates and currencies, with a particular interest in impacts for Australia’s regional and sectoral growth. His 25 years’ in financial markets includes senior investment analyst roles.

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