State of the State

State of the State

Sep 12
CEDA is honoured to welcome the Premier of Western Australia, Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, as he delivers his State of the State keynote address on the economic and social landscape of Western Australia.


The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia; Minister for State Development, Science

Event overview

While Western Australia's economy still leads the nation, it is currently undergoing a readjustment. There has been a tangible shift in the confidence of Perth's business sector, with many organisations pulling back and preparing for tougher conditions.

How does the Government plan to develop and strengthen sectors in which WA already commands a competitive advantage, such as resources, agriculture, science, higher education, tourism and professional services?

Don't miss this opportunity to engage directly with the Premier as he provides an exclusive insight into how the Government will steer the State's economy in both the short and long term.

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA
Premier of Western Australia; Minister for State Development, Science

Since becoming Western Australia's 29th Premier on 6 September 2008, Colin Barnett has built a reputation as a strong advocate for Western Australia, for decisive leadership and promoting the economic and social development of the State.

As Minister for State Development, Mr Barnett has championed the development of major projects and infrastructure, including Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link and the Burswood sports stadium. Mr Barnett has also been Minister for Science since 2013 in recognition of the central role that scientific innovation will take in the future of the State's development.

Mr Barnett is committed to an innovative social agenda, has implemented reform of public schools and allocated $7 billion to rebuilding the State's public hospitals, including Fiona Stanley Hospital and a new world-class children's hospital.

In 2013, Mr Barnett led the Liberal Party to a second term in government with an historic increase in seats. Mr Barnett has been Deputy Leader or Leader of the Liberal Party in every State election since 1993.

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