Economic and Political Overview (EPO)



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CEDA's EPO is Australia's premier publication and series of briefings on the Australian economy and politics for the year ahead. Running for more than 30 years, the EPO brings together political, economic and business leaders and provides CEDA members with business intelligence on the environment they will be operating in over the next 12 months.

In 2019, the Economic and Political Overview report focuses on its purpose of providing political and economic business intelligence. The report will review economics and politics during 2018 as well as look at the year ahead.

A new addition for 2019 is an overview of policy and how it relates to both economic and political outcomes. Each section is explored through both a domestic and international lens. 

Chapters and authors

The 2019 EPO report features contributions from:

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

Domestic political overview 
Karen Middleton, Political Editor, The Saturday Paper

International political overview 
Sara James, Emmy Award winning journalist and author

Domestic policy overview 
Jenny Gordon, Chief Economist, Nous Group

European policy overview 
Dr Hubertus Bardt, Managing Director and Head of Research at the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln (German Economic Institute)

US economic overview 
Joesph Minarik, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, CED

China policy overview 
Associate Professor Jane Golley, Acting Director, Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University

2019 events and highlights

The report was launched in Brisbane with events following across Australia.   

Brisbane  |14 February 2019

 Canberra | 15 February 2019

Sydney | 22 February 2019 

Hobart | 25 February 2019 

Perth | 27 February 2019
 
Townsville | 1 March 2019
Melbourne | 15 March 2019 
 
Adelaide | 15 March 2019
 

Past EPO reports

Economic and Political Overview 2018 

The 2018 EPO overarching theme explored find and access accurate information in the digital age. In addition to the risks brought by digital mediums, the publication looks at how evolving digital mediums are offering new ways for businesses to connect and understand their customers through the use of big data. Continuing the theme of information and campaigning, the report looks at how a four-year political system would change the way parties campaign in Australia, and if this would bring about a shift in the way information is delivered. Read and download and the EPO 2018 report.
 

Economic and Political Overview 2017

CEDA's 2017 Economic and Political Overview (EPO) provides economic and political insights and also examines where growth will come from in 2017, ongoing domestic challenges, the prospect of a weakening Australian dollar, and global risks. With the Australian Government in its eighth continuous year of substantial fiscal deficit, and the unlikelihood that promises of a return to surplus will be met, the EPO  will provide a follow-up to CEDA’s major research reports of 2016, Deficit to balance: budget repair options and Australia’s economic future: agenda for growth, assessing what action remains to be taken for the Federal Budget to be returned to balance by 2018–19. Download EPO 2017 publication

 

Economic and Political Overview 2016

CEDA's 2016 Economic and Political Overview (EPO) provides economic and political insights and also examines Australian international competitiveness, challenges and opportunities for Australian businesses and sustainable productivity growth. The publication was launched in Brisbane with a series of events in capital cities across Australia during February and March. Read the EPO 2016 media release or the opinion piece by CEDA Chief Executive, Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin.  

Click here to download pdf copy of the EPO 2016

Economic and Political Overview 2015

CEDA's 2015EPO provides economic and political forecasts and also examines funding options from the finance sector and some proposed market-based reforms and equity issues in Australia.The publication was launched in Sydney with a series of events in capital cities across Australia during February and March. Read the EPO 2015 media release or the opinion piece by CEDA Chief Executive, Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin.  

Click here to download pdf copy of the EPO 2015

 

Economic and Political Overview 2014

CEDA's EPO 2014 provides economic and political forecasts, and examines government productivity, red tape, and how external factors will shape Australia's economy. The publication was launched with a series of events in capital cities across Australia during February and March. Read the EPO 2014 media release or the opinion piece by CEDA Chief Executive, Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin.

Click here to download pdf copy of the EPO 2014

 

Economic and Political Overview 2013

CEDA's EPO 2013 examines the Australian economy and politics at state and federal levels with insights and information on the operating environment over 2013. The publication was launched with a series of events in capital cities across Australia. These events examined the important issues of electricity prices and the future of work as well as providing economic and political outlooks for 2013. Click here to access summary, articles and videos from the 2013 EPO.

Click here to download pdf copy of the 2013 EPO. 

 

Economic and Political Overview 2012

CEDA’s EPO 2012 examines the challenges faced by our multi-speed economy; the likely impact of key policies including the carbon tax, mining tax, poker machine reforms; Australia's productivity performance over the past decade and how to improve productivity. The publication launched with a series of events across Australia. These events examined the important issues of productivity and federal/state financial relations, and provided economic and political outlooks for 2012.

Click here to download pdf copy of the 2012 EPO. 

See our archive of EPOs from previous years.  

About the EPO

CEDA's EPO is Australia's premier publication and series of briefings on the Australian economy and politics for the year ahead. Running for more than 30 years, the EPO brings together political, economic and business leaders and provides CEDA members with business intelligence on the environment they will be operating in over the next 12 months.

Read Professor Ian Marsh's article on the longevity of the EPO.  

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