2016 Economic and Political Overview in Melbourne

2016 Economic and Political Overview in Melbourne

Feb 26
CEDA's 34th annual Economic and Political Overview will feature keynote address by Victorian Treasurer, the Hon Tim Pallas MP. The Treasurer will be joined by senior business leaders and prominent experts to examine the key trends, policy agendas and prospects for growth in 2016.


The Hon. Kelly O'Dwyer MP, Federal Assistant, Treasurer and Minister for Small Business
Amanda Banfield, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Mondelez International
Michael Blythe, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
The Hon. John Brumby AO, Former Premier of Victoria

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 throughout the day 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 speakers

The Hon. Kelly O'Dwyer MP
Federal Assistant, Treasurer and Minister for Small Business

In December 2009 Kelly was elected to represent the seat of Higgins, her local electorate, following the retirement of former Federal Treasurer the Hon Peter Costello AC. Kelly is the Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer in the Turnbull Government. She served as Chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics from 2013 and was a Committee Member from October 2010. The Committee has oversight of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

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

Michael Blythe
Chief Economist and Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The Hon. John Brumby AO
Former Premier of Victoria

The Hon. Peter Reith
Former Federal Minister, Political commentator, Sky News and Sydney Morning Herald

The Hon. Tim Pallas
Treasurer of Victoria

Tim was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 2006 and is the State Member for Werribee. Tim has previously served as the Minister for Roads and Ports and later Minister for Major Projects under the previous Labor Government. As a Minister in the Bracks/Brumby Government, Tim was responsible for overseeing major infrastructure projects including the M1 upgrade, Deer Park bypass, Geelong Ring Road, the AAMI park development and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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