2019 Economic and Political Overview in Perth

2019 Economic and Political Overview in Perth

Feb 27
With the theme of trust at the forefront of conversations in business, government and community, this event will explore the economics and importance of trust in Western Australia as part of CEDA’s annual flagship event series, the Economic and Political Overview (EPO).
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Chris Dawson, Commissioner of Police, Western Australian Police Force
Michael Blythe, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Rick Newnham, Chief Economist, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia
Rob Nicholl, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Office of Financial Management

Event Overview

As Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe stated in his CEDA Annual Dinner speech in November 2018, “There is an element of trust in all economic transactions. Without it, commerce can’t flourish”.

For more than 30 years, the EPO has brought together a distinguished line-up of business and political commentators to examine the economic and political issues that will shape national and state prosperity, providing CEDA members with business intelligence on the environment they will be operating in over the next 12 months.

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

Event presentations

Michael Blythe, Commonwealth Bank of Australia MP3 | PDF

Rick Newnham, Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Western Australia MP3

Rob Nicholl, Australian Office of Financial Management MP3

Facilitated Q&A discussion with CEDA Chief Economist, Jarrod Ball MP3

Chris Dawson, Western Australia Police Force MP3 | PDF

Chris Dawson moderated discussion MP3 

Facilitated panel discussion with Murdoch University Chief of Staff, David Harrison MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the keynote speaker

Chris Dawson
Commissioner of Police, Western Australian Police Force

Chris Dawson joined the Western Australia Police Force as a cadet in February 1976, going on to provide 38 years of continuous service in country and metropolitan positions across a range of portfolios. Appointed to the rank of superintendent in 1999, he became the inaugural principal of the WA Police Academy in Joondalup. The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2002 saw him awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service.

From May 2008 he had overall management of all operational policing within metropolitan and regional areas, including the specialist portfolios of serious and organised crime, counter terrorism and state protection.

After ten years as Deputy Commissioner, Mr Dawson left the WA Police Force in April 2014 to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, formerly the Australian Crime Commission. He has also served as Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology. This experience was a key factor in his return to the WA Police Force in August 2017, when he was appointed Commissioner.

Meet the speakers

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

Rick Newnham
Chief Economist, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia

Rob Nicholl
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Office of Financial Management

Meet the panel

Gemma Tognini
Managing Director, gtmedia

The Hon. Eric Ripper AM
Chair, GRA Partners

Meet the facilitator

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Meet the chair

Debra Blaskett
Chief Corporate Services Officer, Perth Airport

Supported by CEDA member

Event sponsor

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