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Can we meet the challenges laid out in the NSW Intergenerational Report?

NSW has just released its five-yearly Intergenerational Report, and it’s a stark reminder of the generational challenges confronting the state – and the nation – over the coming decades.

The report makes it clear that as we emerge from the pandemic, federal and state governments must prioritise bold new policies on tax, housing, education and climate change to ensure higher incomes, better jobs and better services for Australians.

But the pandemic population freeze means migration will be even more critical to boost our working-age population, and support the rising costs of the ageing population.

To get a view on these challenges, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento spoke with Stephen Bartos. He’s an expert in public sector governance and finance, and has twice served as the NSW Parliamentary Budget Officer.

But first, Melinda is joined by CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball to discuss some of the issues we’re thinking about at CEDA this week.

How is the economy tracking? (Quarterly GPD update)

The latest GDP figures have just been released, and they show the economy has recovered to its pre-pandemic size a year since the start of the economic downturn.

Given Australia’s surprisingly strong recent growth, we’re keen to see what’s next for the recovery, in particular the impact of the lockdown in Melbourne.

To get a view on the March quarter figures and how the economy is currently tracking, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball spoke with BIS Oxford Economics Chief Economist for Australia, Sarah Hunter.

But first, Jarrod is joined by CEDA Chief Executive Melinda Cilento to discuss some of the issues we’re thinking about at CEDA this week.

What is unconventional monetary policy and is it working?

Today we’re talking about monetary policy, and in particular, the Reserve Bank’s unconventional monetary policy; what is it and is it working?

We heard a bit about unconventional monetary policy after the GFC, when some central banks overseas started applying it to help with their economic recovery. But Australia didn’t join the experiment until COVID-19 hit last year.

To discuss how it’s working here, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Belinda Cheung, Director of Fixed Income and Currency Strategy at the Commonwealth Bank.

Trade in Asia after COVID-19

Australia’s economy has already bounced back better than expected from the effects of COVID-19, but it is clear our long-term recovery will depend on opening borders and resuming normal trade.

Yet ongoing uncertainty in our trade relationship with China on the one hand, and the opportunities presented by new trade agreements on the other make it difficult to know exactly where trade will land after the pandemic.

How much does Australia’s economy depend on normalising the China relationship? And are we seeing any progress in diversifying Australian trade?

To discuss the role that trade will need to play in Australia’s recovery, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball spoke with Professor Peter Draper, Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade at the University of Adelaide.


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