2019 Economic and Political Overview in Sydney

2019 Economic and Political Overview in Sydney

Feb 22
CEDA welcomes Shadow Treasurer the Hon. Chris Bowen to headline the 2019 Economic and Political Overview.
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The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW
Michael Daley MP, NSW Opposition Leader, Member for Maroubra
The Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Treasurer, Federal Member for McMahon
Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA

Event Overview

CEDA’s annual Economic and Political Overview (EPO) returns in 2019 bringing together political and business leaders to examine the drivers that will shape the year ahead.

With a State election on 23 March 2019 and an anticipated Federal election, CEDA’s NSW EPO will feature addresses from political leaders at both the State and Federal levels speaking to their priorities in key areas of economic development, including health, education, infrastructure, and the economy.

This event will feature:  
  • Pre-election addresses by both NSW Premier, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian and Opposition Leader Michael Daley;
  • Opening presentation by Federal Shadow Treasurer, the Hon. Chris Bowen; 
  • An economic outlook highlighting market outlook and key economic trends that will shape the Australia economy in 2019; and
  • Discussion on economic, social, geopolitical implications for Australia from a threatening US-China trade war.

Event presentations

The Hon. Chris Bowen, Federal Member for McMahon MP3

The Hon. Chris Bowen moderated discussion MP3

Michael Blythe, Commonwealth Bank of Australia MP3 | PDF

Michael Blythe moderated discussion MP3

Deanne Stewart, First State Super and Megan Motto, Governance Institute of Australia moderated discussion MP3

Michael Daley MP, Member for Maroubra MP3

Michael Daley MP moderated discussion MP3

Mukund Narayanamurti, Asialink Business MP3 | PDF

Mukund Narayanamurti moderated discussion MP3 

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW MP3

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the speakers

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP
Premier of NSW

Gladys was first elected to the NSW Parliament as Member for Willoughby on 22 March 2003. She was elected Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party on 23 January 2017 and sworn in as the 45th Premier of New South Wales. Gladys had previously served as Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations in the Baird Government since April 2015. Prior to that, she was appointed Minister for Transport following the election of the O’Farrell Government in March 2011 and served in that role for four years.

Michael Daley MP
NSW Opposition Leader, Member for Maroubra

Michael Daley is the Member for Maroubra in the NSW Parliament (since 2005). He currently holds the positions of Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, and Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing (all since 2016). In the NSW Labor Opposition Michael’s former Shadow Ministerial positions include serving as Shadow Treasurer (2011-2016), Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight (2014-15), as well as Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Services (2014), and Shadow Minister for Finance and Services (2011-2014). In Government, Michael’s former positions include serving as Minister for Police (2009-11), Minister for Finance (2009-11), and Minister for Roads (2008-2009).

The Hon. Chris Bowen MP
Shadow Treasurer, Federal Member for McMahon

Chris Bowen entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios including serving as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration, Minister for Financial Services, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Competition Policy, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Tertiary Education. Chris has been responsible for a range of significant policy reform programs in these portfolios. He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party and Acting Leader of the Opposition following the 2013 Federal election and has been Shadow Treasurer since 2013. Chris served on Fairfield Council for nine years and is a former Mayor and President of the Western Sydney Councils (WSROC).

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda Cilento is an economist, experienced executive and company director. She has served as a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, in senior roles in Federal Treasury and as Chief Economist and Deputy CEO at the Business Council of Australia.

Deanne Stewart
Chief Executive Officer, First State Super

Deanne joined First State Super, one of Australia's largest super funds, as Chief Executive Officer in 2018. She has led First State Super’s drive to be a ‘Force for Good’ through its responsible investment philosophy and focus on providing its members with the best guidance and advice for retirement. She has with more than 25 years’ leadership experience in financial services in wealth, superannuation and insurance sectors in Australia and internationally. This includes time as Managing Director with Merrill Lynch Investment Management in New York, and as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company in London. Before joining First State Super, Deanne was Chief Executive Officer of MetLife Australia and also held senior roles within BT Financial Group. 

Mukund Narayanamurti
Chief Executive Officer, Asialink Business

As the CEO of Asialink Business, Mukund is leading the organisation's mandate from the Australian Federal Government (Department of Industry, Innovation & Science), the Myer Foundation and the University of Melbourne to create an Asia capable workforce in Australia, through the delivery of best in class capability development programs, research and information, and forums and events. Mukund works with Australia's top business and public sector leaders and decision makers to assist organisations in all sectors harness new opportunities with Asia, enhance performance and respond positively to change.

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

Michael identifies trends in the Australian economy and leads research, economic analysis and forecasting at Australia’s largest bank. He has worked as Senior Economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia and long contributed the Economic overview to CEDA’s annual EPO report.

Megan Motto
Chief Executive Officer, Governance Institute of Australia

Megan Motto is the Chief Executive Officer of the Governance Institute of Australia. The Governance Institute of Australia is the only fully independent professional association with a sole focus on whole-of-organisation governance. Prior to this appointment, she was the CEO of Consult Australia, the association for professional services firms within the built and natural environment. Megan is also currently a Director of Standards Australia and a National Director for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Megan has a BA/BEd, a MA in Communications Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

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