State of the Nation 2021

State of the Nation 2021

ACT
Jun 23
How can we take what we have learnt in 2020 and build back strong? CEDA’s 2021 State of the Nation forum, under the theme of ‘Conversations for the future’ will bring Australia’s top decision makers and experts for must have discussions on the most pressing policy issues facing our nation.
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Event Overview

An annual gathering of government, business, academic and community leaders, CEDA's State of the Nation policy forum has been driving quality debate about Australia's economic development for more than 40 years.

This year's forum will focus on key topics for our future prosperity:
 
Australia and Asia  ·  Securing economic dynamism  ·  Future proofing exports and working with China  ·  Rethinking tertiary education  ·  Getting the cyber balance right  ·  Defence funding and capability  ·  Sustainable infrastructure  ·  State Treasurers’ panel – big reform  ·  View from the Opposition

The 2021 conference will see CEDA return to Canberra for face-to-face sessions at Parliament House, together with the digital forum which attracted more than 4,400 participants in 2020:
  • Conference dinner – 23 June 2021, Canberra and interactive livestream
  • Conversations for the future part 1 – 24 June 2021, Parliament House Canberra and interactive livestream
  • Conversations for the future part 2 – 25 June 2021, interactive livestream
State of the Nation has been described in the media as “Australia’s premier policymaker forum”. Don't miss this opportunity to participate. Register now.

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Ticket Pricing

Conference Dinner - Single seat
Member - $275 Non Member - $375
 
Full Conference - Livestream
Member - Complimentary Non Member - $150
 
Conference Dinner - Table of 8
Member - $2250 Non Member - $3500
 
Conference Day 1 - Face to Face
Member - $1450 Non Member - $2450

Meet the speakers

Hon. Anthony Albanese
Federal Leader of the Opposition

Hon. Karen Andrews
Federal Minister for Home Affairs

Prof. Peter Dawkins AO
Professor of Economics, Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy

Hon. Peter Dutton
Federal Minister for Defence

H.E. Cheng Jingye
Ambassador, People's Republic of China

Dr Steven Kennedy
Secretary, Department of the Treasury

Richard Kirkman
Managing Director and CEO, Veolia Australia and New Zealand

H.E. Y Kristiarto S Legowo
Ambassador for Indonesia

Marie Lam-Frendo
Chief Executive Officer, Global Infrastructure Hub

Megan Lilly
Executive Director, AI Group Centre for Education and Training

Romilly Madew AO FTSE
Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia

Zoe McKenzie
Principal, Trade and Investment Advisory

Ashleigh Morris
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Coreo

Sam Mostyn
President, Chief Executive Women, Chairman, Citibank; and Chair, The Foundation for Young Australians

Tim Pallas MP
Treasurer of Victoria, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations

Hon. Dominic Perrottet
Treasurer of NSW

Sam Roggeveen
Director, International Security Program, Lowy Institute

H.E. Shingo Yamagami
Ambassador of Japan

Additional participants to be confirmed.

 

Session themes and confirmed speakers

Panel sessions

Conference dinner
Wednesday 23 June 5:00pm
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
View from the Opposition – what should the Government priorities be through to 2025?
Thursday 24 June 8:40am
  • Hon. Anthony Albanese, Federal Leader of the Opposition
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Foreign affairs and trade – how do we future proof exports and work with China?
Thursday 24 June 11:10am
  • Zoe McKenzie, Principal , Trade and Investment Advisory
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Risk and opportunity - defence funding and capability
Thursday 24 June 12:10pm
  • Hon. Peter Dutton, Federal Minister for Defence
  • Sam Roggeveen, Director, International Security Program , Lowy Institute
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Risk and opportunity – how do we get the cyber balance right?
Thursday 24 June 12:10pm
  • Hon. Karen Andrews, Federal Minister for Home Affairs
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Economic outlook – have we got the right policies to secure economic dynamism and future prosperity?
Thursday 24 June 1:50pm
  • Dr Steven Kennedy, Secretary , Department of the Treasury
  • Sam Mostyn, President, Chief Executive Women , Chairman, Citibank; and Chair, The Foundation for Young Australians
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Australia and Asia – what does a mutually beneficial relationship look like?
Thursday 24 June 2:50pm
  • H.E. Cheng Jingye, Ambassador , People's Republic of China
  • H.E. Y Kristiarto S Legowo, Ambassador for Indonesia
  • H.E. Shingo Yamagami, Ambassador of Japan
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Treasurers’ panel – Where can the biggest reform benefits be had?
Friday 25 June 10:10am
  • Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria , Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations
  • Hon. Dominic Perrottet, Treasurer of NSW
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Sustainable infrastructure – how are events of the past 18 months shaping infrastructure thinking and planning?
Friday 25 June 11:10am
  • Marie Lam-Frendo, Chief Executive Officer , Global Infrastructure Hub
  • Romilly Madew AO FTSE, Chief Executive Officer , Infrastructure Australia
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
How do we rethink tertiary education?
Friday 25 June 12:10pm
  • Prof. Peter Dawkins AO, Professor of Economics , Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy
  • Megan Lilly, Executive Director , AI Group Centre for Education and Training
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
What policy reforms are required to better support, drive and enable the circular economy?
Friday 25 June 1:10pm
  • Richard Kirkman, Managing Director and CEO , Veolia Australia and New Zealand
  • Ashleigh Morris, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder , Coreo
  • Additional participants to be confirmed

Supported by CEDA members

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Public event advice – Coronavirus

At CEDA we are proud to regularly convene and engage speakers and audiences as an essential element of our efforts to broaden discussion and debate of the most important policy issues facing Australia. In doing so, our first priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff.

CEDA is currently delivering a digital program of public events, podcasts and virtual Trustee roundtable discussions; hybrid events with both a livestream and audience in attendance; and face-face events, where there is member demand and they can be delivered in accordance with government health advice for a specific state.

For face-to-face gatherings, CEDA is working closely with our hosts and venues to ensure that social distancing can be maintained and facilities and equipment have been properly sanitised. Attendance numbers will strictly adhere to government guidelines for each state.In line with government advice we request people that are unwell with cough or fever or other respiratory symptoms do not attend CEDA events. We also ask that you follow government advice and maintain social distancing by refraining from shaking hands or exchanging physical greetings, and wherever possible, staying at least 1.5 metres away from others.

CEDA will continue to closely monitor government advice regarding public gatherings and will follow all relevant health advice from the Australian government in relation to COVID-19.

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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