The Economists' Corner
By CEDA Podcasts
For over 60 years CEDA has debated and discussed critical issues through our research and events platform – now we bring the conversation right to you with our Podcasts. Hear directly from some of the best and brightest policy minds in Australia and around the world, alongside our CEO Melinda Cilento and Chief Economist Jarrod Ball, as we explore the issues and pursue solutions that deliver better economic and social outcomes for the greater good.
Youth priorities for Australia: what really matters
CEDA’s CEO Melinda Cilento taps into the concerns of the youth today and looks at how future generations will be impacted by climate change. She is joined by Deanne Stewart, CEO Aware Super, and Taylor Hawkins, Founder & Strategy Director of Future Frontiers Group, who was present at the COP26 in Glasgow, to discuss whether the climate change discussions addressed the call to action from youth activists and what really matters to young Australians.
December 06, 2021
COP26: Where to from here?
CEDA’s CEO Melinda Cilento reflects on the outcomes of COP26 and whether they go far enough to limit the impending impacts of climate change. She speaks to IBM Consulting’s Global Director of Sustainability, Murray Simpson, who was in Glasgow to witness the negotiations, as well as Erin Coldham, Chief Development Officer of Star of the South, Australia’s first offshore wind project. Christian Gergis, Head of Policy at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, also weighs in on corporate responsibilities when it comes to climate.
November 22, 2021
What does COP26 mean for Australia?
The Federal government has secured a commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 just in time for COP26, the United Nations climate change conference, in Glasgow next week. But will it be enough when other nations are already looking to 2030 commitments? To discuss what COP26 means for Australia, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by ANU Crawford School Professor and Director of the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy, Professor Frank Jotzo, and Arup Australasia Co-Chair, Kerryn Coker.
October 26, 2021
Chief Economist Jarrod Ball explores what are the different types of digital assets, why digital platforms are increasingly embedding financial services and how the sector needs greater regulation. He speaks to Citi’s Tony McLaughlin and Senator Andrew Bragg to make sense of this trend.
October 11, 2021
Labour markets in lockdown w/ Professor Jeff Borland
On Thursday, the ABS released its labour force statistics for August 2021. They show that while unemployment decreased by 0.1 per cent, the participation rate also decreased significantly. To help make sense of these figures, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball spoke with University of Melbourne Truby Williams Professor of Economics Jeff Borland.
September 17, 2021
Did the WA Budget Deliver?
Yesterday WA released its 2021-22 State budget, unveiling a massive $5.6 billion surplus. Some of the big-ticket items in the budget include an $875 million social housing package and $1.9 billion in extra healthcare funding. But will the measures announced set Western Australia up for long-term success? CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by our Perth-based Senior Economist Cassandra Winzar to find out more.
September 10, 2021
Is Australia headed for another recession?
The June quarter GDP figures are out, and Australia looks likely to avoid a second recession in two years. GDP grew by 0.7%, which ended as the Delta variant took hold in NSW and sparked a wave of lockdowns across the east coast. So what does this tell us about how the economy entered the extended state lockdown, just how bad is the news for the September quarter, and are we still at risk of a so-called technical recession? To discuss this, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by ANZ Senior Economist, Felicity Emmett.
September 02, 2021
Will rapid COVID-19 testing take off in Australia?
Rapid antigen tests have become a crucial tool around the world in managing COVID-19, but Australia is only using them in some industries and workplaces. That’s despite the fact an Australian company created the first rapid COVID test to receive approval for home use in the United States last year. The Brisbane-based digital diagnostics firm Ellume has a deal with the Biden administration to provide 8.5 million home COVID tests, and its new US manufacturing facility is set to begin production later this year. CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento spoke with its founder and chief executive, Dr Sean Parsons, about the potential of rapid testing in Australia and his experience developing and manufacturing this technology. But first Melinda is joined by CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball to talk about some of the other issues we are thinking about at CEDA this week.
August 26, 2021
Business dynamism 1: What did COVID-19 tell us about small business productivity?
This week, it’s the first episode in a new mini-series where we dive into the dynamism of Australian businesses big and small. Business dynamism is one of our key research areas here at CEDA. We’re keen to understand Australian companies’ risk appetite, the quality of our managers and what drives their decision-making. Someone who’s long taken an interest in business dynamism is the head of structural policy analysis at the OECD’s Economics Department, Dan Andrews. He’s just released some insightful research showing high-productivity firms were more likely to grow and low-productivity firms more likely to contract during the first year of the pandemic, using small-business accounting and payslip data from Xero. It’s particularly relevant now amid growing concerns our economic recovery is under threat, with much of the nation stuck in lockdown amid spiralling COVID-19 outbreaks. But first, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by CEDA Chief Executive Melinda Cilento to discuss some of the issues we’re thinking about at CEDA this week.
August 18, 2021
What do the IPCC’s warnings mean for Australia’s path to net-zero?
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report out this week has some very stark warnings about “unprecedented” levels of climate change that it says are “unequivocally” the result of human actions. The IPCC says we’ll exceed global warming of 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius this century unless we make deep emissions cuts in the coming decades. The Federal Government says Australia can get to net-zero emissions “preferably” by 2050 using technology, not taxes, through its technology roadmap. One body the Government is relying on to get us there is the Clean Energy Finance Corporation or C-E-F-C. I spoke earlier with its chief executive Ian Learmonth. But first, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by our Chief Economist Jarrod Ball to discuss some of the issues we’re thinking about at CEDA this week.
August 12, 2021
Solving Australia’s aged-care workforce challenge
Australia is facing a shortage of at least 110,000 direct aged-care workers within the next decade, unless urgent action is taken to boost the workforce. That’s one of the findings of our latest report, which also found the shortage will balloon to more than 400,000 workers by 2050 unless we take dramatic action now. Australia has failed to prepare for this challenge, but there ARE steps we can take to improve the system. To discuss CEDA’s findings and potential solutions, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Aged & Community Services Australia CEO Patricia Sparrow; Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Federal Assistant Secretary Lori-Anne Sharp; and the author of our report, CEDA Senior Economist Cassandra Winzar. But first, Jarrod is joined by CEDA's Chief Executive Melinda Cilento to discuss some of the issues we’re thinking about at CEDA this week.
August 09, 2021
How is business and the economy tracking?
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected repeated requests from New South Wales to reintroduce a wage subsidy like JobKeeper, as businesses face tough times due to the latest round of COVID-19 lockdowns across NSW, Victoria and South Australia. The restrictions come just months after the Federal Government handed down a big-spending budget, with more than 30 billion dollars in tax and investment incentives for business. To discuss how business and the economy are tracking, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Patrick Coghlan, the chief executive of business credit research firm CreditorWatch, which tracks a range of data that takes the pulse of Australian companies both big and small. But first, Jarrod is joined by CEDA Chief Executive Melinda Cilento to discuss some of the issues we’re thinking about at CEDA this week.
July 29, 2021
Why don’t we trust government?
The past 18 months have required unprecedented levels of public trust in government. During COVID, we’ve relied on clear and consistent guidance to protect our health and livelihoods. Yet a survey out today by public relations firm SenateSHJ has found trust in government communication has dropped significantly over the past year. So, what’s gone wrong? And how can government regain this trust? I spoke with Managing Partner of SenateSHJ Darren Behar for his insights on these questions and more. But as always, first I’m joined by our Chief Economist Jarrod Ball to discuss some of the issues we’re thinking about at CEDA this week.
July 27, 2021
Cybersecurity: Risks and Opportunities
As the Federal Government ramps up its digital economy strategy, the safety of our cyber assets is back in the spotlight. We know cybercrime is rising in scale and prevalence, and recent attacks on major infrastructure across the world show how high the stakes can be. At the same time, experts are warning of the rising cyber-espionage threat posed by state actors; the latest warning came just this week from the head of the UK spy agency MI5. So, how serious are these threats? And are Australian business and governments doing enough to protect our digital assets? For some answers to these questions, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento spoke with CyberCX Chief Strategy Officer Alastair MacGibbon. He’s a former National Cyber Security Advisor and was hand-picked as special adviser on cyber security to Malcolm Turnbull when he was Prime Minister.
July 19, 2021
Does the 2021 Federal Intergenerational Report do the job?
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has just released the five-yearly Intergenerational Report. The report was delayed by a year due to COVID-19, and it finds it’s the pandemic population freeze that’s set to have the biggest economic impact over the next 40 years. That means productivity is going to have to do all the heavy lifting to drive our future growth and prosperity, and fund the essential services we value so much. But does the report get it right on the key issues shaping our future? To get a view on this, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by ANU demographer Dr Liz Allen, public sector governance and finance expert Stephen Bartos, and Social Outcomes Economics Consultant Nicki Hutley; she’s also on the Climate Council.
June 30, 2021
State of the Nation 2021 | All interviews
CEDA's 42nd State of the Nation has come to an end, and with three days of insightful conversations under our belt, we look back on the interviews our CEO Melinda Cilento and Chief Economist Jarrod Ball led with some of this year's speakers. Speakers: The Hon. Josh Frydenberg, Federal Treasurer The Hon. Anthony Albanese, Federal Leader of the Opposition Sam Mostyn AO, President, Chief Executive Women, Chairman, Citibank; and Chair, The Foundation for Young Australians Su McCluskey, Commissioner, National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board (concluded May 2021) His Excellency Y Kristiarto S Legowo, Ambassador for Indonesia His Excellency Vohra, High Commissioner of India to Australia Romilly Madew AO FTSE, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia
June 28, 2021
Romilly Madew AO FTSE | State of the Nation 2021
After the sustainable infrastructure session at CEDA's 2021 State of the Nation conference, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball spoke with Romilly Madew of Infrastructure Australia to gain insights on trends in infrastructure since COVID-19 has hit Australia.
June 25, 2021
Su McCluskey | State of the Nation 2021
Tax reform and the Intergeneration Report are the hot topics in this conversation between Su McCluskey (Commissioner, National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board) and CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento at CEDA's 2021 State of the Nation conference.
June 24, 2021
Ambassador for Indonesia & High Commissioner of India to Australia | State of the Nation 2021
To talk about Australia's relationships with Indonesia and India, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento had a brief chat with His Excellency Y Kristiarto S Legowo, Ambassador for Indonesia and His Excellency Manpreet Vohra, High Commissioner of India to Australia.
June 24, 2021
Sam Mostyn AO | State of the Nation 2021
Sam Mostyn of Citi joins CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento to speak about being less risk-averse from a policy point of view, and fostering a more diverse economy.
June 24, 2021
The Hon. Anthony Albanese | State of the Nation 2021
After a rousing speech to the crowd at CEDA's 2021 State of the Nation conference, Leader of the Opposition The Hon. Anthony Albanese stopped for a quick chat with CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento.
June 24, 2021
The Hon. Josh Frydenberg | State of the Nation 2021
CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento speaks with Federal Treasurer The Hon. Josh Frydenberg hot off the stage from his keynote address at CEDA's 2021 State of the Nation conference.
June 23, 2021
Research and industry partnerships with Steven Worrall of Microsoft and Dr Larry Marshall of CSIRO
Australia is great at research but struggles to capture its commercial benefits. The World Intellectual Property Organization’s 2020 Global Innovation Index ranks us 13th for innovation inputs, but 31st for innovation outputs. Bridging this gap is a growing focus for the government, as part of its ambition to make Australia a “leading digital economy by 2030”. So what’s holding us back? And how can we use Australian research to not only drive the economy but also tackle social and environmental challenges? For insight on these questions, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento spoke with CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall and Microsoft Australia Managing Director Steven Worrall. But first, Melinda is joined by CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball to discuss some of the issues we’re thinking about at CEDA this week.
June 21, 2021
Can we meet the challenges laid out in the NSW Intergenerational Report?
NSW has just released its five-yearly Intergenerational Report, and it’s a stark reminder of the generational challenges confronting the state – and the nation – over the coming decades. The report makes it clear that as we emerge from the pandemic, federal and state governments must prioritise bold new policies on tax, housing, education and climate change to ensure higher incomes, better jobs and better services for Australians. But the pandemic population freeze means migration will be even more critical to boost our working-age population, and support the rising costs of the ageing population. To get a view on these challenges, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento spoke with Stephen Bartos. He’s an expert in public sector governance and finance, and has twice served as the NSW Parliamentary Budget Officer. But first, Melinda is joined by CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball to discuss some of the issues we’re thinking about at CEDA this week.
June 09, 2021
How is the economy tracking?
The latest GDP figures have just been released, and they show the economy has recovered to its pre-pandemic size a year since the start of the economic downturn. Given Australia’s surprisingly strong recent growth, we’re keen to see what’s next for the recovery, in particular the impact of the lockdown in Melbourne. To get a view on the March quarter figures and how the economy is currently tracking, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball spoke with BIS Oxford Economics Chief Economist for Australia, Sarah Hunter. But first, Jarrod is joined by CEDA Chief Executive Melinda Cilento to discuss some of the issues we’re thinking about at CEDA this week.
June 07, 2021
What is unconventional monetary policy and is it working?
Today we’re talking about monetary policy, and in particular, the Reserve Bank’s unconventional monetary policy; what is it and is it working? We heard a bit about unconventional monetary policy after the GFC, when some central banks overseas started applying it to help with their economic recovery. But Australia didn’t join the experiment until COVID-19 hit last year. To discuss how it’s working here, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Belinda Cheung, Director of Fixed Income and Currency Strategy at the Commonwealth Bank.
May 31, 2021
Trade in Asia after COVID-19
Australia’s economy has already bounced back better than expected from the effects of COVID-19, but it is clear our long-term recovery will depend on opening borders and resuming normal trade. Yet ongoing uncertainty in our trade relationship with China on the one hand, and the opportunities presented by new trade agreements on the other make it difficult to know exactly where trade will land after the pandemic. How much does Australia’s economy depend on normalising the China relationship? And are we seeing any progress in diversifying Australian trade? To discuss the role that trade will need to play in Australia’s recovery, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball spoke with Professor Peter Draper, Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade at the University of Adelaide.
May 24, 2021
What is Public Interest Technology?
In today's episode, we’re looking at Public Interest Technology – or PIT. What is it and why is it important? The concept is well established in the United States and the United Kingdom, but it’s little known here in Australia. To discuss this, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Newgate Australia Partner Feyi Akindoyeni. She’s also a member of CEDA’s PIT advisory committee.
May 18, 2021
2021 Post-Federal Budget panel discussion
Last night the federal budget was handed down and it squarely takes aim at bolstering economic recovery post-COVID. Funding boosts for childcare and aged care represent some welcome changes to the government's typical budget priorities, but glaring holes in funding for climate action and growing debt leave many questions to be answered. To discuss this, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by ANZ senior economist Felicity Emmett, Equity Economics lead economist Angela Jackson, and AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver.
May 12, 2021
2021 Pre-Federal Budget panel discussion
We’re five days out from the Federal Budget and it looks like red is the new black for the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg. He says there will be no sharp pivots to austerity next week, in a dramatic overhaul of the Government’s long-standing fiscal strategy, and that’s despite the surprising strength we’ve seen in the economy over the last six months. Instead, it’s likely to be a big spending budget. Billions are set to go to childcare and aged care to address the workforce challenges in those sectors, and help boost female workforce participation. To discuss this, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by ANZ senior economist Felicity Emmett, Equity Economics lead economist Angela Jackson, and AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver.
May 06, 2021
The Economists' Corner | A budget that works for women
The Federal Budget is less than two weeks away and following widespread public pressure, it’s expected to include a range of items benefiting women. Among the measures the government is said to be considering are expanding access to childcare, and changes to superannuation. Gabriela D’Souza, Senior Economist at CEDA is joined in this episode by Rebecca Cassells, Deputy Director of Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and one of the authors of their annual Gender Equity Insights series.
May 03, 2021
Policy Snacks | Is it time to abolish stamp duty?
In today's episode, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball and CEDA Senior Economist Cassandra Winzar talk about property taxes, in particular what some call one of the least efficient taxes – stamp duty. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, house prices are growing at their fastest pace in more than 30 years, thanks partly to record-low interest rates. Now, there are growing calls to abolish stamp duty, to help young people get on to the property ladder and encourage more people to downsize. The ACT has already taken this step, and NSW is looking into it.
April 15, 2021
The Greater Good | Airbnb and the travel sector after COVID-19 with Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb Country Manager Australia and New Zealand
In today's episode of The Greater Good, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb Country Manager Australia and New Zealand. Travel industries were hit hard by COVID-19. In the space of a few months tourism went from Australia’s fourth largest export to all but stopping, leaving many Australians without a source of income. As a leader in the short-term rental market, Airbnb and its hosts have been particularly affected by this downturn. With the pandemic winding down, the platform is now a weathervane for the recovery of the sector. While dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, Airbnb has also been facing questions about its responsibility to its hosts and the communities it operates in. Those questions have taken on more urgency since the company’s much touted IPO in December.
March 29, 2021
What is skills mismatch in permanent skilled migration? | Gabriela D'Souza, Senior Economist at CEDA
This episode of CEDA's Policy Snacks looks at the skills mismatch in Australia’s permanent skilled migration system, what it is, and how we can fix it. A new CEDA report has found this mismatch cost the Australian economy at least $1.25 billion in foregone wages between 2013 and 2018. To discuss this, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by CEDA Senior Economist Gabriela D'Souza, lead author of the report.
March 28, 2021
Policy Snacks | Why are women’s imprisonment rates rising and what can we do?
In today's episode, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by CEDA researcher and economist Ember Corpuz to look at the rising rate of female imprisonment in Australia, and what can be done to reduce it. The number of women in Australia’s prisons has been growing at a faster rate than that of men over the past decade, and while women account for a smaller proportion of the country’s prison population, the fiscal, social and economic costs of female imprisonment are significant.
March 18, 2021
The Greater Good | Aged Care with Julie Ratcliffe, Professor of Health Economics at Flinders University and Peter Harris, former chair of the Productivity Commission
We’ve known for a long time Australia’s aged care system is in crisis, from horrific reports of abuse and mistreatment, to the long waiting lists for in-home care, and figures showing high rates of malnourishment among residents. The COVID-19 pandemic has served as yet another reminder of the challenges the sector faces. Three-quarters of Australia’s COVID deaths have been in aged care. To discuss this, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Julie Ratcliffe, Professor of Health Economics at Flinders University and a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy who also conducted some research for the Royal Commission, and former chair of the Productivity Commission Peter Harris, who wrote the chapter on aged care in CEDA’s 2020 Economic and Political Overview.
March 09, 2021
Policy Snacks | Professor Jeff Borland, Truby Williams Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne
When the pandemic hit last year, the economic priority for policymakers was to save jobs and help people and businesses through the financial fallout. The JobMaker policy was different though. The wage credit was designed to create jobs, to get young Australians back to work in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But will it work? Join CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball and Professor Jeff Borland, Truby Williams Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne and a member of CEDA’s board of directors to find out.
March 05, 2021
The Greater Good | Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine, founding CEO of Health Justice Australia
COVID-19 has shown us that health problems don’t happen in isolation. Our physical wellbeing often depends on our economic and social wellbeing, and vice versa. These connections are especially apparent among those living in disadvantage. As CEDA’s research shows, people struggling with disadvantage are often also experiencing problems with the law, health, and housing security. To properly deal with any of these issues, you have to address all of them. Today's guest is Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine. An expert in bringing services together as founding chief executive of Health Justice Australia, she works to connect healthcare and legal assistance, and to give people access to help for their problems when and where they need it.
March 01, 2021
Policy Snacks | Australia's Fiscal Cliff
Welcome to the first episode of CEDA’s Policy Snacks podcast, a series of bite-sized explainers about today’s big policy ideas. In today's episode, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by CEDA Senior Economist Melissa Wilson to take a closer look at Australia's looming fiscal cliff, and what can be done to avoid going over it.
February 19, 2021
The Economists' Corner | Hans Westerbeek, Professor of International Sport Business and Head of Sport Business Insights Group, Victoria University
From the Olympics to Formula 1, from cricket to the NBA, no major sport has been untouched by this pandemic. And while they’re trying to be COVID-safe, that looks different for each sport and not everyone has got it right. In today's episode, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball are joined by Hans Westerbeek, Professor of International Sport Business and Head of Sport Business Insights Group, Victoria University to take a deep dive into sport, money and COVID-19 to find out how the business and economics of sport look in the new COVID normal. **This episode was recorded prior to Victoria's Feb 12th 5-day snap lockdown
February 14, 2021
The Greater Good | Linda Scott, President of the Australian and NSW local government associations and City of Sydney Councillor
It’s been a year since the summer of bushfires that devastated much of the east coast of Australia, and 10 years since the Queensland floods. But still we hear of homes being rebuilt, and even new homes going up in disaster-prone areas. Is Australia doing enough to prevent the loss of lives, homes, and livelihoods caused by the rise in extreme weather events? In today's episode, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by President of the Australian and NSW local government associations and City of Sydney Councillor Linda Scott to discuss the role local councils play in responding to and planning for extreme weather and natural disasters. It’s the first episode in a series that looks at climate and disaster resilience.
February 08, 2021
The Economists' Corner | Sarah Hunter, Chief Economist, BIS Oxford Economics
CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Sarah Hunter, Chief Economist at BIS Oxford Economics to discuss the state of the Australian economy, how households are still exercising caution with their savings, what the labour market is likely to look like in 2021, JobKeeper and JobSeeker, and an underlying sense of optimism despite economic uncertainty.
January 27, 2021
The Greater Good | Dr. Stephen Kirchner, Director of Trade and Investment, United States Studies Centre
In today's episode, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Dr. Stephen Kirchner of the United States Study Centre to discuss President Biden's inauguration, the incoming stimulus package, reducing the policy uncertainty prevalent under Trump, increasing the minimum wage, and the US shift on climate change.
January 25, 2021
The Greater Good | Superannuation Part 2 | Mary Delahunty, Head of Impact, HESTA
CEDA's two part podcast series on superannuation views the recent changes to super and the Retirement Income Review through the lens of the Financial Services Council and HESTA. In part 2, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and HESTA Head of Impact Mary Delahunty discuss how COVID has shone a light on the state of Australians' financial resilience, whether increasing the super guarantee is the best bang for Australia's post-retirement buck, Your Future Your Super, and drawing more focus to all aspects of the performance of a fund.
December 15, 2020
The Greater Good | Superannuation Part 1 | Sally Loane, CEO, Financial Services Council
CEDA's two part podcast series on superannuation views the recent changes to super and the Retirement Income Review through the lens of the Financial Services Council and HESTA. In part 1, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and Financial Services Council CEO speaks about the Retirement Income Review, striking a balance between catering for pre and post retirement financial life, the role COVID played in educating the public about superannuation, and how the 'YourSuper" tool will help keep the public informed.
December 15, 2020
The Greater Good | Clare Savage, Chair of the Australian Energy Regulator
Join CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball and AER Chair Clare Savage as they discuss the AER's five year strategic plan, the key priorities to get right in our energy transition, what the AER is doing to address the vulnerability of consumers, and how the states are leading the charge on energy policy.
December 13, 2020
The Greater Good | Peter Dawkins AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, Victoria University
In today's episode of The Greater Good, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Peter Dawkins, outgoing Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University to speak about how 2020 has impacted Vic Uni and the broader higher education sector, how the next few years are looking for the university, and about the decline in students choosing to study economics.
December 11, 2020
The Greater Good | Steven Persson, CEO, The Big Issue and Homes for Homes
Join CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball and Steven Persson, CEO of The Big Issue and Homes for Homes as they chat about how The Big Issue has been coping since COVID, how the pandemic has brought social housing and homelessness to the forefront of people's thinking, the need to develop a suite of long term solutions to poverty that resonate within the community, and how the government is tracking with social housing.
November 30, 2020
The Economists' Corner | NSW Budget with NSW Chief Economist, Stephen Walters and ANZ Senior Economist, Cherelle Murphy
Join CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball, NSW Chief Economist Stephen Walters, and ANZ Senior Economist Cherelle Murphy as they discuss how NSW is dealing with the first deficit in a decade, the management of COVID clusters keeping NSW open, the phasing out of stamp duty, social housing, and the measures in place for women in the NSW budget.
November 19, 2020
The Greater Good | Dr. Paul Williams, Senior Lecturer at Griffith University's School of Humanities
In today's episode, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Dr. Paul Williams of Griffith University to discuss Labor's unexpected election win in Queensland, how the economy in the Sunshine State is holding up through the pandemic, and how the state is feeling about climate change policy.
November 13, 2020
The Economists' Corner | Namali Mackay and Peter Horn of Austrade
In this episode of The Economists' Corner, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Namali Mackay and Peter Horn of Austrade in a discussion about how trade is holding up in the UK and Europe, climate change's impact on trade deals, Australia's economic dependence on China, and the global impacts of the US election.
November 06, 2020
The Economists' Corner | Wendy Edelberg, Director of The Hamilton Project and Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution
Join CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and the Brookings Institution's Wendy Edelberg for a discussion on how the US government has handled COVID and the economy, what fiscal policy should be put into place to help things return to normal more quickly, and how things are looking in the face of the election.
November 05, 2020
The Economists' Corner | Housing with Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ and Professor Chris Leishman
In today's episode, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Curtin University’s Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ and University of Adelaide’s Professor Chris Leishman to discuss how COVID has changed the conversation around housing policy, housing construction's effectiveness as a stimulus tool, tax reform, and social housing. This episode coincides with the release of CEDA's latest report on housing, Home truths: the role of housing in economic recovery which can be found on the CEDA website here: https://www.ceda.com.au/
October 28, 2020
The Greater Good | 60 Years of CEDA with Professor John Nieuwenhuysen AM and Professor Neil Warren
CEDA's inaugural meeting was on Oct 21st, 1960. 60 years later, CEDA's CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by past CEDA research directors to talk about the work they did and how it helped shape the CEDA of today.
October 21, 2020
The Economists' Corner | Cassandra Winzar, Senior Economist, CEDA
CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball welcomes CEDA's new Senior Economist Cassandra Winzar to talk a little about her background, how WA is coping economically through the pandemic, and how the recent WA state budget looks.
October 16, 2020
The Economists' Corner | Post-budget Podcast
Join CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento in a discussion focusing on the federal budget, missed opportunities, immigration, business uncertainty, the pink/youth recession, and predictions for how the budget will play out over the next seven months. Melinda is joined by a panel of leading economists: Jo Masters, EY Oceania Chief Economist Paul Bloxham, Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist, HSBC Australia Nicki Hutley, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
October 07, 2020
The Greater Good | Youth perspectives on the federal budget
In today's episode of The Greater Good, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Cindy Chen, a year 12 student from Wesley College studying economics, and Sonia Arakkal, Co-founder of Think Forward. Australia's youth has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, so it's vital to ensure that the voices of our future generations are heard and taken into consideration when making policy decisions. This episode covers the budget's approach to climate change, tax cuts missing the mark for young Australians, long term tax reform, Jobmaker and Jobseeker, and a sense of optimism despite the state of the economy.
October 07, 2020
The Economists' Corner | Pre-Budget Predictions
Join CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento in a discussion focusing on the upcoming federal budget, balancing near term and long term budget objectives, tax reform, and predictions for the year ahead. Melinda is joined by a panel of leading economists: Jo Masters, EY Oceania Chief Economist Paul Bloxham, Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist, HSBC Australia Nicki Hutley, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
October 02, 2020
The Greater Good | Vivian Graubard, Senior Advisor for Public Interest Technology, New America
Join CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and New America's Vivian Graubard as they discuss using public interest technology to create simple but practical tech solutions, the ability to address systematic inequality through technology, and the difficult process of earning the trust of users.
September 18, 2020
The Economists' Corner | Martin Haese, CEO of Business SA
Join CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball and Martin Haese, CEO of Business SA as they discuss how regional economies in SA are finding success as a result of the pandemic, how supply chains behind the scenes have been affected, and how the SA and federal governments have done in response to COVID.
September 10, 2020
The Economists' Corner | Jane Hunt, CEO of The Front Project
In today's episode, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by The Front Project CEO Jane Hunt to talk about the profound impact COVID has had on the early childhood education sector, how families are coping with the crisis, and what Australia can do to make sure all young children can get access to the education they need.
September 04, 2020
The Greater Good | Dr Katherine Gibney, Doherty Institute infectious diseases physician and medical epidemiologist
In this episode of The Greater Good, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Dr Katherine Gibney of the Doherty Institute to talk about how Australia has handled COVID, what we should be doing that we aren't, and what the next six months looks like for us.
September 04, 2020
The Economists' Corner | David Knox, Senior Partner at Mercer and Senior Actuary for Australia
Join CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball and Mercer Senior Partner David Knox as they discuss the superannuation sector during the crisis, what a future retirement income system could look like, and how the crisis has created an opportunity for better engagement with super members.
August 19, 2020
The Economists' Corner | John Nicolaou, Executive Director, Acil Allen Consulting
In today's episode, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Acil Allen Consulting Executive Director, John Nicolaou, to discuss the hard border closure in WA, the resilience of the mining sector and the stability it provides the state, and how the tourism industry is adapting to the pandemic.
August 14, 2020
The Greater Good | Adrian Turner, CEO, Minderoo Fire Fund
In today's episode, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Minderoo Fire Fund CEO, Adrian Turner. Minderoo Foundation has committed AU$70 million to rebuild communities, revitalise local economies and develop a long-term blueprint for wildfire and disaster resilience.
August 12, 2020
The Economists' Corner | Joseph Minarik, Director of Research at the Committee of Economic Development
Join CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball as they chat with Joseph Minarik, Director of Research at the organisation CEDA was inspired by, the Committee for Economic Development (CED). In today's discussion, Joseph speaks about the constantly changing attitudes towards the virus in the US, the difficulties that come with health care issues becoming highly politicised, and what this means for a country heading into what might be the most important election in US history.
August 10, 2020
The Greater Good | Andrew Wear, Author of Solved!: How other countries have cracked the world's biggest problems and we can too
In this episode CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Andrew Wear, author of 'Solved!: How other countries have cracked the world's biggest problems and we can too' to speak about how we can look to other countries for solutions to the problems Australia faces, and whether or not our cities will be able to bounce back from COVID.
August 03, 2020
The Greater Good | Dr. Peter Davidson, Principal Advisor, ACOSS
In this episode of The Greater Good, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Dr. Peter Davidson of ACOSS to discuss the implications of a lowered Jobseeker rate, the impacts on the unemployment rate for the foreseeable future, and what can be done to avoid the economy falling further than is already expected.
July 24, 2020
The Greater Good | Judy Slatyer, Australian Red Cross and James Deverell, CSIRO
CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by Judy Slatyer, CEO Australian Red Cross and James Deverell, Director of CSIRO Futures to discuss the Australian National Outlook, making the COVID-19 recovery more inclusive, and how the Australian economy can become more adaptable and resilient.
July 17, 2020
The Economists' Corner | Peter Harris AO, CEO of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission
The aviation industry was one of the first hit by the COVID-19 crisis, leading to a range of flow on effects impacting everything from tourism to labour mobility. Join CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and Peter Harris AO as they speak on the short and long term impacts on the aviation industry, and whether or not a short term domestic tourism boost will be enough to sustain the sector through the crisis.
July 15, 2020
The Greater Good | Jordan O'Reilly, Co-founder and CEO at Hireup
In this edition of The Greater Good, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento spoke with Hireup Co-Founder and CEO Jordan O'Reilly about the NDIS, individualisation in disability support, and the implications of technology in innovation.
July 06, 2020
The Economists' Corner Podcast | Damian Graham, Chief Investment Officer, First State Super
With a review of the retirement income system underway, and the superannuation sector navigating market volatility, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Damian Graham of First State Super to explore the role of superannuation in Australia's economic recovery.
June 30, 2020
Poverty and COVID-19 | Toni Wren, Executive Director of Anti Poverty Week
Join CEDA CEO Melinda CIlento as she speaks with Toni Wren about poverty, Jobseeker, and what needs to be done to help those below the poverty line. **Note: Podcast was recorded on June 11
June 23, 2020
State of the Nation 2020 Digital Forum | Day 2 Analysis
Join CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento as she hosts Diane Smith-Gander, Ming Long, and Jarrod Ball for the day 2 State of the Nation Wrap-up.
June 17, 2020
State of the Nation 2020 Digital Forum | Day 1 Recap
Join CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball as they discuss day 1 of State of the Nation 2020.
June 15, 2020
The Greater Good | Professor Tracy Merlin, Head of School of Public Health, University of Adelaide and Professor of HTA & Director, AHTA
CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined in this episode by Professor Tracy Merlin of the University of Adelaide to hear about the Group of Eight's "COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery" report, and what difficulties a COVID-19 vaccine presents.
May 27, 2020
The Economists' Corner Podcast | Germany's response to COVID-19 with Dr. Hubertus Bardt, Director and Head of Research at the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln (German Economic Institute)
With the easing of lockdown restrictions on the horizon for Australia, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball spoke with Dr. Hubertus Bardt to find out how Germany has coped with the crisis, and how their opening of the country again compares with Australia's plan.
May 13, 2020
Innovation and recovery | Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO
Science and technology is at the forefront of our efforts to contain the COVID-19 crisis but it will also shape our path forward. CEDA CEO, Melinda Cilento, speaks with CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall, about how CSIRO has helped to manage the COVID-19 crisis in Australia and the role innovation will play in the recovery.
May 12, 2020
Supporting the arts through the COVID-19 crisis | Kim Williams AM
The COVID-19 crisis has put tremendous pressure on the arts sector but Copyright Agency Chair, Kim Williams, says the sector was in need of help even before the pandemic. He spoke with CEDA CEO, Melinda Cilento, about the value of the arts to Australia's culture and economy and why government investment in this space is more important than ever.
May 11, 2020
The Economists' Corner Podcast | Australia's housing market with Tim Lawless (Head of Research, CoreLogic Asia Pacific)
The economic impact of COVID-19 is likely to have a significant impact on the Australian housing market. In this episode, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball is joined by Tim Lawless (Head of Research, CoreLogic Asia Pacific), who gives valuable insights into how the market might look on the other side of COVID-19.
April 16, 2020
The Economists' Corner Podcast | Stephen Rue, Chief Executive Officer at NBN Co.
Internet usage has spiked significantly in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, as Australia looks to the internet to provide entertainment, social interactions, and facilitate their work. CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento spoke with NBN Co. CEO Stephen Rue to understand how the NBN is dealing with the increased load.
April 06, 2020
The challenges of human services in a crisis | Ruth Owen, Human Services Leader, EY
When lines of people who have never become unemployed before are growing outside Centrelink, what can be done to make sure everyone is getting the support they need?
April 03, 2020
How is Australia feeling about the COVID-19 crisis? | Sue Vercoe (Managing Director) and Brian Tyson (Managing Partner) of Newgate Australia
Today Newgate has released their latest weekly survey of Australians, focusing on how the public is feeling about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball, is joined by Managing Director, Sue Vercoe and Managing Partner, Brian Tyson to discuss the findings of the survey.
April 02, 2020
COVID-19 Update | Immunologist Prof. Peter Doherty AC
Nobel laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC brings us up to date on how Australia is tackling the crisis, how other nations are faring in comparison, and how long we might be dealing with COVID-19.
April 01, 2020
Are the voices of youth being heard during the COVID-19 crisis? | Kareem El-Ansary, Australia's Youth Representative to the United Nations
Join Melinda Cilento (CEDA CEO) as she speaks with Kareem El-Ansary on the voices of youth in the COVID-19 crisis, and whether or not they are being heard when policy decisions are made.
March 31, 2020
Leadership and COVID-19 | Rob Scott, CEO of Wesfarmers
How do you lead one of Australia's largest businesses in times of crisis? CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento spoke with Wesfarmers CEO Rob Scott to find out. (Listeners will hopefully appreciate that we are trialling different ways of recording our interviews across many locations. On occasion, and this is one of them, the audio is not as perfect as we would like and that’s on us but we believe you will still get a lot out of the conversation and Rob’s insights as a compassionate business a leader in these difficult times.)
March 29, 2020
Strategic communication in a crisis | Dr Collette Snowden, Senior Lecturer in Public Relations, University of South Australia
In times of crisis, the importance of effective communication cannot be understated. With social media fuelling the fires of panic, leaders need to be clear and timely with their communication strategies in order to minimise both short and long term damage. Joining CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento today is Dr Collette Snowden from the University of South Australia.
March 20, 2020
The Economists' Corner Podcast | Economic impacts of COVID-19 with EY Chief Economist Joanne Masters
It's been just over a week since the last episode of The Economists' Corner, and a lot has changed in the time since then. The RBA has stepped in with emergency measures, travel restrictions have been bolstered, and cases of the coronavirus have continued to grow. Today CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball speaks with EY Chief Economist Joanne Masters, to try to make sense of it all.
March 20, 2020
18-03-2020 | Coronavirus: update, impact and facts
Australia has established an international reputation for weathering global shocks, highlighted by over 28 years of uninterrupted economic growth - longest period of recession-free growth for a developed economy. However, it is clear that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) represents a massive and unfolding international shock, that the OECD warns presents the biggest danger to the global economy since the financial crisis. In fact, new research from ANU economics professor and former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin warned that GDP loss from the most severe outbreak could be as much as 7.9 per cent, with even a less severe global pandemic possibly taking 2 percentage points off Australian growth in 2020. Already businesses are dealing with lost revenue and disrupted supply chains due to China’s factory shutdowns, tens of millions of people remain in lockdown in dozens of cities in China, Asia, the Middle East and Europe and restrictions on the global movement of people are increasing. And whilst the economic cost increases globally everyday, the massive human impact and disruption in China cannot and must not be overlooked. However, it is also clear that panic buying, racism, mis-information and fake news are fuelling unnecessary fear in communities. The event will look at the current and emerging impacts of the Coronavirus across sectors of the SA economy, the disruption to supply chains and importantly the effect on our strong relationship with China.
March 18, 2020
The Economists' Corner Podcast | Cherelle Murphy (ANZ Senior Economist) and Dr. Pradeep Philip (Deloitte Lead Partner)
In this episode, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball talk coronavirus stimulus with ANZ Senior Economist Cherelle Murphy and Deliotte Lead Partner, Dr. Pradeep Philip.
March 12, 2020
07-06-2019 | Climate change and economics: Al Gore
Speakers Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and 45th Vice President of the United States of America The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade Event overview With keynote addresses from Al Gore and Queensland Premier the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, CEDA’s network comes together at the conclusion of Climate Week QLD 2019, to better understand the impacts of climate change and to hear what action individuals, governments and the societies they serve are taking to deliver improved environmental and economic outcomes for future generations. -------------------- CEDA (The Committee for Economic Development of Australia) is a respected independent national organisation with an engaged cross-sector membership. For more details visit: http://www.ceda.com.au Twitter: @ceda_news Facebook: CEDA Linkedin: CEDA Instagram: @ceda_news YouTube: CEDA News
July 19, 2019