Economic and Political Outlook 2021 two day forum

Economic and Political Outlook 2021 two day forum

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

At a time when leaders from across sectors and across the country are all asking similar questions – about economic recovery, the future of Australian trade, exports and geopolitics, government spending and investment and other big issues on the horizon – CEDA presents the latest outlook and analysis from leading national figures across a two-day program to inform your work and year ahead.

Be briefed by leading national economists and political commentators on day one – Tuesday, 16 February - when we present a detailed domestic economic and political outlook for 2021.

Join a two-hour EPO special edition livestream on day two – Wednesday, 17 February - with an international economic overview and predictions on what 2021 holds for Australia's key relationships with the United States and China. 

Livestream start times:
NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS: 11.00am
SA: 10.30am
NT: 9.00am
QLD: 10.00am
WA: 8.00am

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO
Australia's Ambassador to the United States

Meet the panel

Professor Caitlin Byrne
Director, Griffith Asia Institute

Phillip Coorey
Political Editor, The Australian Financial Review

Professor Jane Golley
Director, Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University

Nicki Hutley
Independent Economist

Laura Jayes
Host of AM Agenda, Sky News

Mukund Narayanamurti
Chief Executive Officer, Asialink Business

Alan Oster
Group Chief Economist, NAB

Dr Peter van Onselen
Political Editor, Network 10, Professor of Politics, Griffith University and University of Western Australia

Richard Yetsenga
Chief Economist, ANZ Banking Group

Meet the facilitators

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Fran Kelly
Presenter, RN Breakfast, ABC

David Speers
Host, Insiders, ABC

Kirsty Needham
Australia and Pacific Politics Correspondent, Reuters

Panel sessions

Day 1 - Economic outlook
Tuesday 16 February 11:00am
  • Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist , CEDA
  • Nicki Hutley, Independent Economist
  • Alan Oster, Group Chief Economist , NAB
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Day 1 - Political outlook
Tuesday 16 February 11:45am
  • Phillip Coorey, Political Editor , The Australian Financial Review
  • Laura Jayes, Host of AM Agenda , Sky News
  • Fran Kelly, Presenter, RN Breakfast , ABC
  • Dr Peter van Onselen, Political Editor, Network 10 , Professor of Politics, Griffith University and University of Western Australia
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Day 2 - Keynote address
Wednesday 17 February 11:00am
  • The Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, Australia's Ambassador to the United States
  • David Speers, Host , Insiders, ABC
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Day 2 - International outlook
Wednesday 17 February 12:00pm
  • Professor Caitlin Byrne, Director , Griffith Asia Institute
  • Professor Jane Golley, Director, Australian Centre on China in the World , Australian National University
  • Mukund Narayanamurti, Chief Executive Officer , Asialink Business
  • Kirsty Needham, Australia and Pacific Politics Correspondent , Reuters
  • Richard Yetsenga, Chief Economist , ANZ Banking Group
  • Additional participants to be confirmed

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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.

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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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