State of the Nation 2020: digital forum

Check in here to catch the latest blogs, news and highlights as it happens from CEDA's State of the Nation: digital forum, held on 15 and 16 June 2020.

State of the Nation: day one

Day one delivered presentations and discussions with political leaders and policy experts on priorities for Australia.

Listen: State of the Nation podcasts

CEDA Chief CEO Melinda Cilento, Chief Economist Jarrod Ball, Chairman Diane Smith-Gander AO and Board Director Ming Long AM break down day one and two of State of the Nation. 

News and highlights

The Hon. Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
Read highlights: Prime Minister: we must resume the adventure of growth

The Hon. Anthony Albanese
Federal Leader of the Opposition
Read speech: Recover, reset, renew - formal presentation from State of the Nation


State economic outlook

Read highlights: State Treasurers panel: Opportunity for reform in the crisis
  • The Hon. Andrew Barr, ACT Chief Minister and Treasurer,
  • Tim Pallas, Treasurer of Victoria,
  • The Hon. Dominic Perrottet, NSW Treasurer,
  • Diane Smith-Gander AO, National Chairman, CEDA

Day 1 analysis and wrap up

Read highlights: State of the Nation day one: national cabinet, labour market and PM address ​
  • Dr Andrew Charlton, Director, AlphaBeta
  • Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA
  • Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, Board Member, CEDA
  • Su-Lin Ong, Managing Director and Head of AU/NZ Economics & Fixed Income Strategy, RBC Capital Markets

State of the Nation: day two:

Day two provided a series of panel discussions with business leaders and decision makers focused on four areas key to Australia’s recovery. 

News and highlights

Australian trade and supply chains

Read highlights: reconsidering trade after COVID-19
  • Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
  • Dr Stephanie Fahey, Chief Executive Officer, Austrade
  • Alexandra Riha, President, Australasian Supply Chain Institute

Australia's evolving labour market

Read highlights: Saving jobs in the crisis​
  • Sally McManus, Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • The Hon. Christian Porter, Federal Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations,
  • Diane Smith-Gander AO, National Chairman, CEDA
  • Glenn Thompson, Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Programmed Group

Critical services in times of crisis

Read highlights: Critical services in a time of a pandemic: staff and safety first ​
  • Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA
  • Christine Holgate, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Australia Post
  • Will Irving, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer
  • NBN Co Brett Redman, Managing Director and CEO, AGL

Supporting vulnerable and at risk communities

Read highlights: Supporting vulnerable and at risk communities panel: “our indifference will imperil our resilience”
  • Kareem El-Ansary, 2019 Australian Youth Representative to the UN,
  • Dr Cassandra Goldie, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Social Service
  • Ming Long, CEDA Board of Directors,
  • Rajiv Viswanathan, Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Business Australia


State of the Nation 2020 was supported by CEDA members:

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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