Community pulse 2018: the economic disconnect

Community pulse 2018: the economic disconnect

Aug 21
Join CEDA, and community, business, and government leaders for the launch of new NSW-based polling data and insights from our nation-wide analysis to community attitudes to economic growth and development.


Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA
Michael Rose AM, Chair, Committee for Sydney
Sam Mostyn, Non-Executive Director, Citibank Australia, Transurban, Virgin Australia, Mirvac

Event overview

After 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, how satisfied are Australians with their current circumstances? And what do they see as the most important steps that government, business and the community can take in making future economic growth meaningful to them?
In 2018, CEDA released its results from significant polling exploring Australians’ attitudes to work, education, health, community and the economy in Community pulse 2018: the economic disconnect. At this event, new data will be presented to provide an in depth look at attitudes in New South Wales.

An expert panel will assess these findings and further examine:

  • To what extent do economic and social policy agendas reflect the needs and preferences of the community?
  • How should policy makers respond to divergence between high priorities in economic reform agendas and issues ranked as least important in the community?
  • Does business need to do more to convince people of the central role of business in economic growth and development?
  • What areas need more focus in economic reform agendas to achieve meaningful results? What role could the community sector play?
Attend this event to hear expert discussion on the implications for policy, politics, business and the community sector. 

Meet the keynote speaker

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.

Meet the panel

Michael Rose AM
Chair, Committee for Sydney

Michael is the Chairman of the Committee for Sydney, an independent think tank that provides research, thought leadership and advocacy on a range of economic, social, cultural and environmental issues relevant to Sydney's liveability and global competitiveness. He is a Special Advisor at KPMG and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sam Mostyn
Non-Executive Director, Citibank Australia, Transurban, Virgin Australia, Mirvac

Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser and speaker. Her current board roles include Mirvac, Transurban and Virgin Australia. She is the Chair of Citi Australia. Her corporate roles have encompassed human resources and culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability.

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