2019 Economic and Political Overview in Brisbane

2019 Economic and Political Overview in Brisbane

Feb 14
The national launch of CEDA’s 2019 Economic and Political Overview in Brisbane provides expert analysis and forecasts for the year ahead.
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Michael Blythe, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Professor Simon Jackman, Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre
Sara James, Emmy Award winning journalist and author
Peter van Onselen, Journalist and Professor of Politics and Policy, Griffith Business School

Event Overview

Be briefed on the politics at play, economic forecasts and government, community and business strategy for the year ahead.

In 2019 political leadership, the impacts of policy change and inaction and competing agendas for Australia’s future prosperity will be front and centre. To what degree will community expectations of policy makers be met and critical reform progressed?

By attending the EPO you, your colleagues and guests will be fully briefed by leading economists, renowned political commentators and policy influencers when they provide trusted insights into the economic and political forces that will impact across sectors in 2019.

All attendees will receive a copy of CEDA's 2019 Economic and Political Overview report.

In addition to the EPO forum in Brisbane on Thursday 14 February, CEDA will present the 2019 EPO lunch in Townsville on Friday 1 March 2019.

Event presentations

Michael Blythe, Commonwealth Bank of Australia MP3 | PDF

Sara James, journalist and author MP3 | PDF

Peter van Onselen, Griffith Business School MP3

Simon Jackman, United States Studies Centre MP3

Peter Varghese AO, The University of Queensland MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the speakers

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.

Professor Simon Jackman
Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre

In 2020 the Centre focussed on two research questions; what is the trajectory of American power, politics and prestige; and what are the implications for Australia? Simon directed work on the world’s longest running survey of political behaviour and attitudes, American National Election Studies, during the 2012 and 2016 United States Presidential elections. He is a dual citizen of Australia and the United States and a political scientist whose work at Stanford focussed on public opinion, political participation and campaigns.

Sara James
Emmy Award winning journalist and author

Sara analyses global events and political developments across the world that impact Australia. She is an Emmy Award winning journalist, has been a guest host of the NBC Today Show, NBC Nightly News and has covered the major international stories including Bosnian War Crimes Tribunal and Operation Desert Shield. Sara has contributed a chapter to CEDA’s 2019 Economic and Political Overview report.

Peter van Onselen
Journalist and Professor of Politics and Policy, Griffith Business School

Peter is the political editor at Channel 10 and a contributing editor at The Australian. He has authored and edited six books, has a PhD in political science and a Masters of Commerce.

Peter Varghese AO
Chancellor, The University of Queensland

Peter Varghese authored Australia’s India Economic Strategy to 2035 and led work on Australia’s first white paper on foreign and trade policy.  He has served as Senior Adviser (International) to the Prime Minister, as High Commissioner to India and Malaysia and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Meet the moderator

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.

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