Does Australia Need a Sovereign Wealth Fund?

Does Australia Need a Sovereign Wealth Fund?

Aug 19

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 Public event
 RACV Club, Level 2, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC

 Lunch (11.30am to 2.00pm)



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The commodity boom is delivering huge revenue windfalls and debate around whether the Government should save some of the tax revenue in a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) is increasing. Both sides of Government believe reducing net debt is the answer, but is this where the debate should stop? Law makers, policy makers and others have increased calls for the Government to follow the examples of other resources rich countries and invest the proceeds of the boom, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) wants revenue from the current resources boom to be saved, "in order to ensure a more equal distribution of its benefits across generations and reduce long-term fiscal vulnerabilities from an ageing population and rising health care costs".

This CEDA event seeks to uncover the Sovereign Wealth Funds debate. Leading experts will provide critical analysis on SWF's, looking at the opportunities for revenue stabilisation, wealth or risk return optimisation or for future generations.  It will also consider the existing Future Fund, private pension-savings market and the broader implications for the national economy. Join CEDA as our expert speakers debate and discuss this topical issue.


Saul Eslake
Program Director - Productivity Growth, Grattan Institute

Saul is widely recognised and respected as an economist and forthright public commentator. Saul was the Chief Economist of ANZ from 1995 to 2009. He is currently a member of the Federal Government's National Housing Supply Council, Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, and a non-executive director of Hydro Tasmania.

Professor the Hon Stephen Martin
Chief Executive, CEDA

Professor the Hon Stephen Martin has a long and distinguished background in the Australian Parliament, academia and the private sector. He represented the New South Wales-based electorates of Macarthur and Cunningham in the Australian Parliament 1984-2002. In Government, he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Chairman of the Inquiry into the Australian Banking Industry. After retiring from Parliament, Professor Martin held a number of senior executive roles in academia with the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Victoria University, Melbourne and Curtin University of Technology in Perth.


Patricia Pascuzzo
Principal, Sovereign Consulting

Patricia Pascuzzo is a Principal of Sovereign Consulting specialising in strategic planning, investment governance, and organisation-wide risk management.  Previously she established and led Mercer's Global Sovereign Funds Consulting group to focus on the development of investment consulting solutions for funds of national significance.  She played a strategic role in the establishment of the Australian Future Fund, and has previously held senior executive positions in the ASX, Commonwealth Treasury, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

If you are interested in participating in this Forum please contact Sharon Braun on 03 9652 8409 to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Registration fees (including GST)

CEDA members and guests

$170 per person
$1581 table of 10

Non members

$280 per person

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