Economic and Political Outlook - WA 2022

Economic and Political Outlook - WA 2022

Feb 23
Join CEDA’s expert panel and your fellow Trustees to explore the political environment and the outlook for the WA economy across 2022.
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Prof. Alan Duncan, Director, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre
Kaylene Gulich PSM, Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Treasury Corporation
Jacob Kagi, Reporter and Producer, ABC News
Cassandra Winzar, Senior Economist, CEDA

Event Overview

2021 has presented an array of challenges across the country, the impact of which differed greatly depending on your location. In Western Australia it has been mostly business as usual, with the McGowan Government achieving a landslide election win and posting a huge budget surplus.

But as the debate rages over opening internal and external borders, what is on the horizon for the WA economy over the year ahead, and what are some of the political milestones?

Join CEDA’s panel of economic and political commentators to discuss key issues such as wages, workforce and skills, their impacts on sectors such as construction, tourism and higher education; the diversification agenda and the lessons for WA from the opening of the NSW economy.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.


Meet the speakers

Prof. Alan Duncan
Director, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

Alan is Director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and Bankwest Professor of Economic Policy at Curtin University. Prior to taking up this position in 2012, Alan was Director of the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling at the University of Canberra. Alan’s research is motivated by a passion to influence public debates on economic and social issues through rigorous, evidence-based research. He has a broad range of interests in labour and workforce issues; gender equity; economic and social policy evaluation; public policy; taxation; housing affordability; education, training and childcare; population dynamics and migration; and inequality and wellbeing.

Kaylene Gulich PSM
Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Treasury Corporation

Kaylene commenced as CEO of WA Treasury Corporation in February 2019 and has extensive experience in public policy, knowledge of financial markets and expertise in the Western Australian economy. She has previously held senior roles within the Department of Treasury, as both the Executive Director of the Economic business unit and the Executive Director for Infrastructure and Finance. As well as being a member of CPA Australia and the AICD, Kaylene is a Director on VenuesWest’s Board and holds the position as Treasurer for IPAA WA.

Jacob Kagi
Reporter and Producer, ABC News

Jacob is a journalist with ABC News in Western Australia. He has nearly a decade of experience reporting on WA politics, having covered three state elections, three federal elections and eight state budgets. From 2018 to 2021, he was President of WA’s Parliamentary Press Gallery. He has also worked for the ABC in the Press Gallery at Parliament House in Canberra.

Meet the facilitator

Cassandra Winzar
Senior Economist, CEDA

Cassandra Winzar is Senior Economist (WA) at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Prior to joining CEDA she was Principal Economist at the WA Department of Communities (Housing Authority) where she focused on WA economic conditions and housing related research, including running the state government’s Housing Industry Forecasting Group. Cassandra has also held roles as the WA based Economist for the Reserve Bank of Australia, and in Transfer Pricing at EY. Cassandra has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the University of Western Australia.

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