Economic and Political Outlook 2022

Economic and Political Outlook 2022

Feb 16
CEDA’s annual EPO presents expert analysis of critical issues, the latest forecasts and timely analysis on both the domestic and international front for the coming year.
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Event Overview

In hindsight, 2021 has proven to be an even more testing year for governments and communities than 2020. After an optimistic start to the year, tentative moves to ‘Covid-normal’ quickly made way for a domino fall of pandemic and non-pandemic issues. While New South Wales and Victoria took the brunt of the devastating Delta variant and Premiers stumbled and fell, Western Australia and Queensland achieved massive election wins. Meanwhile, the Federal Government engaged in diplomatic tussles with China and France, while dealing with Ministerial misconduct and its own #MeToo backlash at home.

…so what’s next?

CEDA’s annual Economic and Political Outlook (EPO) forum will review these and other issues impacting economies and communities. It will present expert analysis of critical issues, the latest forecasts and timely exploration of milestones in the year ahead which might impact your businesses and strategic planning.

Join leading economists, commentators and thought leaders to explore the outlook for 2022 across four sessions at an in-person event in Sydney and via national livestream.
  • Global economic and trade;
  • Domestic and regional economic outlook;
  • Short- and long-term policy development; and
  • Political outlook and analysis of upcoming state and Federal elections.


Meet the speakers

Sonia Arakkal
Co-Founder, Think Forward, Policy Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre

The Hon. Bob Carr
Former Federal Labor Senator, Industry Professor, UTS

Jennifer Duke
Economics Reporter, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

Dr Jenny Gordon
Former Chief Economist, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Stan Grant
International Affairs Analyst, ABC

Michelle Grattan AO
Chief Political Correspondent, The Conversation

Antony Green AO
Election Analyst, ABC

Peter Harris AO
Advisory Board Member, Global Infrastructure Partners

Sarah Hunter
Chief Economist, BIS Oxford Economics

Natasha Kassam
Director, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program, Lowy Institute

Travers McLeod
Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Policy Development

Alan Oster
Group Chief Economist, NAB

Richard Yetsenga
Chief Economist, ANZ Banking Group

Panel sessions

Global economic outlook
Wednesday 16 February 9:00am
  • Stan Grant, International Affairs Analyst , ABC
  • Natasha Kassam, Director, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program , Lowy Institute
  • Richard Yetsenga, Chief Economist , ANZ Banking Group
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Domestic and regional outlook
Wednesday 16 February 10:00am
  • Jennifer Duke, Economics Reporter , The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
  • Sarah Hunter, Chief Economist , BIS Oxford Economics
  • Alan Oster, Group Chief Economist , NAB
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Short- and long-term policy development
Wednesday 16 February 11:20am
  • Sonia Arakkal, Co-Founder, Think Forward , Policy Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre
  • Dr Jenny Gordon, Former Chief Economist , Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Peter Harris AO, Advisory Board Member , Global Infrastructure Partners
  • Travers McLeod, Chief Executive Officer , Centre for Policy Development
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Political outlook and election analysis
Wednesday 16 February 12:10pm
  • The Hon. Bob Carr, Former Federal Labor Senator , Industry Professor, UTS
  • Michelle Grattan AO, Chief Political Correspondent , The Conversation
  • Antony Green AO, Election Analyst , ABC
  • Additional participants to be confirmed

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