2018 Economic and Political Overview in Tasmania

2018 Economic and Political Overview in Hobart

Feb 19
CEDA’s annual Economic and Political Overview examines the key trends, policy agendas and prospects for growth for the year ahead. In 2018 we welcome Treasurer the Hon. Peter Gutwein and Shadow Treasurer, Scott Bacon for the latest ahead of Tasmania's state election.


The Hon. Peter Gutwein, Treasurer of Tasmania
Scott Bacon MP, Shadow Treasurer of Tasmania
Michael Blythe, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA

Event overview

The 2018 Economic and Political Overview (EPO) explores the factors reshaping the Australian economy and political landscape, the prospects for important reform agendas, and the opportunities for growth and investment.

CEDA welcomes the Treasurer of Tasmania the Hon. Peter Gutwein and Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon, together with EPO author and Commonwealth Bank Chief Economist, Michael Blythe and CEDA Chief Executive, Melinda Cilento as we examine:

  • Key indicators and trends in the domestic and global economy;
  • The pipeline for infrastructure and major projects;
  • Skills, workforce development and shifts in the labour market; and 
  • The transition and development of Australia’s future industries.

Meet the speakers

The Hon. Peter Gutwein
Treasurer of Tasmania

Treasurer Gutwein was first elected to the Tasmanian Parliament for the seat of Bass in Northern Tasmania in 2002, was first re-elected in 2006 and again in 2014. He is currently the Treasurer and Minister for Planning and Local Government. The Treasurer has previously enjoyed a successful career in financial services working in senior management positions both in Australia and in Europe

Scott Bacon MP
Shadow Treasurer of Tasmania

Mr Bacon was first elected to parliament in 2010 and was subsequently appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury. He then went on to serve as Minister for Tourism, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Hospitality and Minister for Finance until March 2014. In Opposition, he holds a number of Shadow Portfolios including Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Energy, Shadow Minister for Racing, Shadow Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events and I am the Labor spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs.

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.

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda Cilento is an economist, experienced executive and company director. She has served as a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, in senior roles in Federal Treasury and as Chief Economist and Deputy CEO at the Business Council of Australia.

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