2018 Economic and Political Overview in Adelaide

2018 Economic and Political Overview in Adelaide

Feb 21
CEDA's annual Economic and Political Overview conference in Adelaide will bring together key thought leaders and commentators to review, analyse, and discuss the climate in which business and industry will be operating across in 2018.


The Hon. Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia
The Hon. Steven Marshall MP, Leader of the Opposition
Nick Xenophon, Leader of the SA Best Party
Michael Blythe, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Event overview

For more than 30 years, CEDA's Economic and Political Overview (EPO) forum and report have been important resources for business to inform and support their strategic planning for the year ahead.

The EPO brings together leading federal and state commentators to provide an in-depth analysis of the key milestones and potential influences on the political and economic landscape. A must-attend forum for all those whose business can be impacted by the swings and roundabouts of economic and political decisions. Join CEDA for the best and most concise analysis for 2018.

All attendees will receive a copy of the 2018 Economic and Political Overview.

Meet the speakers

The Hon. Jay Weatherill MP
Premier of South Australia

Jay Weatherill is South Australia’s 45th Premier. Jay was born and educated in Adelaide’s western suburbs, completing his secondary education at Henley High School. He is a lawyer with an economics degree. He established his  own law firm in 1995 and practised until he was elected as the Member for Cheltenham in 2002. Jay was subsequently re-elected as Member for Cheltenham in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Jay held additional portfolio responsibilities including Treasury, from January 2013 until the March 2014 election. Following the successful 2014 election, he was sworn in as Premier of South Australia on 26 March 2014.

The Hon. Steven Marshall MP
Leader of the Opposition

Steven Marshall was elected as the Member for Norwood in the South Australian Parliament in March 2010 and is the Leader of the State Liberal Party. Steven has also been involved in public service and community initiatives his whole life. He is the founding Chairman of Compost for Soils, a program started in SA that has subsequently been implemented nationally. Steven is an Ambassador for SCOSA.  In 2001, Seven received a Centenary of Federation Medal for Services to the Disability Sector. Steven is a board member for Reconciliation SA and he is also a White Ribbon Ambassador, supporting the campaign to end violence against women.

Nick Xenophon
Leader of the SA Best Party

Nick first entered parliament in 1997, when he was elected to the South Australian Legislative Council as an independent on a no-pokies platform. He ran for and was elected to the Australian Senate in 2007 and was re-elected to the Senate in the September 2013 federal election. Nick is a passionate advocate and watchdog for South Australia’s interests. He has pushed for many reforms that benefit not only South Australians, but all Australians - including pokies, water, food labelling, manufacturing, education and healthcare.

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.

Jeff Connolly
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens

Jeff Connolly is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens in the Australia Pacific region. With 380,000 employees worldwide, Siemens is the leader in industrial software, automation and electrification technologies. In addition to leading Siemens in the region, Jeff Connolly is instrumental in areas such as the Germany-Australia relationship, Industry 4.0, the future of energy and smart infrastructure.

Lily Jacobs
Board Member, SA Economic Development Board

Lily Jacobs is a Senior Development Manager at Lendlease, focusing on new strategies for urban regeneration and mixed use development. She was formerly CEO of Renew Adelaide from 2012 to 2016, a not for profit organisation that fosters entrepreneurs in vacant space. In that role she oversaw the organisation’s growth from seed to providing opportunity for over 100 South Australian businesses to get a start through property. Lily finished dux of her law degree from Flinders University. She has had a long interest in the renewal of urban spaces and the potential to drive change though property regeneration, cultural change and economic development. Lily is also a member of the board of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, and the board of Renew Adelaide.

Professor Peter Rathjen
Vice Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide

Professor Peter Rathjen commenced as the University of Adelaide’s 22nd Vice-Chancellor and President on 8 January 2018. He is an Australian scientist and medical researcher internationally recognised in stem cell science. Prior to his appointment, Professor Rathjen was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, where he was instrumental in creating vibrant new university precincts within the CBDs of Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. Professor Rathjen is an alumnus of the University of Adelaide, as are all of the members of his immediate family.

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.

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