2016 Economic and Political Overview in Hobart

2016 Economic and Political Overview in Hobart

Feb 22
CEDA's annual Economic and Political Overview brings together state and federal commentators to provide an in-depth analysis of the environment in which business will be operating over the year ahead


The Hon. Peter Gutwein, Premier of Tasmania
Professor Paul Gollan, Director, Australian Institute of Business and Economics The University of Queensland
Amanda Banfield, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Mondelez International
Michael Workman, Senior Economist, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Event overview

CEDA's Economic and Political Overview (EPO) is Australia's premier publication and series of briefings on the Australian economy and politics for the year ahead.

In 2015 major global trends continued to shape financial and economic conditions in Australia. Public opinion and political leadership changes at the state and federal level have also shifted the direction of a number of key policy agendas.

In 2016 and with a federal election due, what will the economic and political environment look like? What are the sleeper issues that could be activated in an election campaign? Will business confidence, investment and new growth industries lift Australia’s economic performance?

Speakers will examine:

  • Key indicators and trends in the domestic and global economy;
  • Tax and microeconomic reform: Where to from here?
  • Infrastructure and major projects;
  • Industry and innovation policy; and
  • Skills, workforce development and shifts in the labour market.

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Peter Gutwein
Premier of Tasmania

Peter was first elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in the seat of Bass in Northern Tasmania in 2002, was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and again in 2014. He is a qualified financial adviser who also holds Post Graduate qualifications in Business Administration. He enjoyed a successful career in financial services working in senior management positions both in Australia and in Europe. Peter also spent two years as an adviser to a senior Federal coalition cabinet Minister during the 1990s.

Meet the speakers

Amanda Banfield
Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Mondelez International

Amanda Banfield is Mondelez International’s Managing Director of the Australia and New Zealand markets - leading the team which manages some of Australasia’s most trusted and loved brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk, Oreo, belVita Breakfast Biscuits, The Natural Confectionery Company and Pascall. Amanda’s 25 years’ experience with Cadbury, Schweppes, Trebor Bassett, Kraft Foods and Mondelez International has included local and regional roles in marketing, strategy and business leadership in various locations in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Michael Workman
Senior Economist, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Michael is Senior Economist for Global Markets Research and is responsible for communicating the bank's views on trends in the Australian and International economies as well as the likely effect on interest rates and currencies. Michael joined the bank in 1992 after working in financial areas with the NSW Government.

Meet the chair

Professor Paul Gollan
Director, Australian Institute of Business and Economics The University of Queensland

Paul is a Professor of Management at the Faculty of Business and Economics and Law at University of Queensland. Previously he was Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University, as well as a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Paul has authored, co-authored and co-edited 14 books in the fields of human resources and industrial relations.

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