2021 Tasmanian Economic Forum - Where to Next?


From: Friday December 3, 2021, 8:30 am

To: Friday December 3, 2021, 3:30 pm

~ Bookings for this event are closed ~

Tasmanian Economic Forum 2021

Tasmania: Where to next?

As we learn to live with COVID-19 and look to the future, there are a number of unknowns on the horizon and some are asking the question: where to next?

From Tasmania’s economic trade with Asia to the impacts of climate change - our next Economic Forum will explore these unknowns and more.

Please join us at Tasmania’s next Economic Forum where we will hear from some of our leading experts on what the future may have in store.

The Forum will feature the following topics and speakers:


Building a Better Store with independent economist and UTAS Vice-Chancellor Fellow, Saul Eslake

Unpacking the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) Final Report, with PESRAC Chair, Don Challen AM

Tasmania’s Trade with Asia, with Head of Economics at UTAS, Dr Mala Raghavan

Tasmania’s Climate for Growth, with Deloitte Access Economics Tasmanian Team, Cedric Hodges and Hamish Burrell

COVID-19 and the future of work in Tasmania, with Professor Richard Eccleston and Dr Lachlan Johnson from the Tasmanian Policy Exchange UTAS

Panel on the Future of Aquaculture and Fisheries in Tasmania including Professor Gretta Pecl, Professor Marcus Haward and Professor Caleb Gardner



When: Friday 3 December 2021, 8:30am - 3:30pm (registrations are closed)

Where: Hobart Function and Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart Tasmania



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Table of 8
(single transaction)

Early bird tickets
(closing 21 November)




Regular tickets
(closing 28 November)




Student tickets
(use code "STUDENT")




Tickets include welcome tea and coffee, morning tea and a two course lunch.


Further details on some of our speakers


Mr Saul Eslake

Saul Eslake has a First Class Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Tasmania. After graduating he worked for the Federal Treasury in Canberra, and subsequently in the Australian financial markets, including as Chief Economist at ANZ Bank (1995-2009) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia (2011-2015). Since June 2015 he has been running his own economics consultancy business, Corinna Economic Advisory, from Hobart. He is also a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania, a non-executive director of the Macquarie Point Development Corporation, and a member of the Advisory Panels to the Australian Taxation Office’s “Tax Gap” project, the Australian Parliamentary Budget Office, and the Tasmanian Division of the Salvation Army.


Mr Don Challen AM

Don Challen AM FAICD, FCA, FCPA, FIPAA is Chair of the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council. Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance between 1993 and 2010, he is Chairman of the Motor Accidents Insurance Board and of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and a Senior Adviser with Flagstaff Partners. He has extensive experience as a non-executive director and consultant. The Economic Society honoured him with Life Membership in 2013.


Dr Mala Raghavan

Mala Raghavan is the Head of Discipline (Economics) at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania, a Research Associate of CAMA, ANU, and she holds a PhD in Econometrics from Monash University. Mala's research and teaching interests are in Macroeconomic Policies, Monetary Economics and International Economics, with a particular focus on Asian and Emerging small open economies. Recently, she co-authored a book titled "China and ASEAN: Pivoting Trade and Shock Transmission".


 Mr Cedric Hodges

Cedric Hodges has led the national Deloitte Access Economics’ computable  general equilibrium (CGE) modelling team for five years delivering over 300 projects, including many on the proposed delivery of major infrastructure  projects. He has over a decade of experience in economic modelling and  policy, having built a stylised CGE model with endogenous technical change as part of his 2009 honours thesis before working in the Commonwealth Treasury’s modelling team for over five years. As part of the Commonwealth Treasury team, he helped develop their in-house CGE model and delivered the modelling behind government climate change policy (a carbon price). He has co-authored conference papers and presented at academic conferences on the topic of regional economic impact modelling. In addition to his work with Deloitte and the Treasury, Cedric is currently completing his PhD at ANU, analysing the potential impacts of a global and national transition to net-zero on Australia’s thermal coal industry and the regions where it is concentrated.


Mr Hamish Burrell


Hamish Burrell joined Deloitte Access Economics in 2020 after completing a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from the University of Tasmania. He works on a diverse range of projects as a member of the Macroeconomic Policy & Forecasting and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling teams. Hamish has experience delivering economic analysis, commentary and skills and labour market modelling to a range of clients across the public and private sectors.


Professor Richard Eccleston 

 Richard is the author or editor of 12 books and over 100 articles and reports on various aspects of comparative politics and economic policy. His specific expertise is in the politics of public finance and taxation reform having researched these topics around the world in recent years. He has been awarded five ARC Discovery grants since 2010 and was a 2014 Fulbright Senior Scholar (based in Washington DC). His most recent books are Business, Civil Society and the New Politics of Corporate Tax Justice Paying a Fair Share? (2018) which examines the rise and influence of the tax justice movement in the aftermath of the GFC and The Future of Federalism: Multi-level governance in an age of austerity (2017).


Dr Lachlan Johnson


Lachlan Johnson is a policy analyst and research fellow at the Tasmanian Policy Exchange, University of Tasmania. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania, where graduated with the University Medal. Lachlan has recently completed a PhD examining the roles of industry networks in regional innovation systems, and also writes on corporate tax governance, Tasmanian climate change policy, economics and labour demography.


Professor Gretta Pecl

Gretta has been the Editor-in-Chief of Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries since the start of 2014. In 2018 she was appointed as the new Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology. The Centre is a joint collaboration between the University of Tasmania and the CSIRO, with support from the Australian Antarctic Division, and brings together disciplinary expertise in physics, law, economics, biology, sociology, and governance  to address the complex issues involved in sustainable development and management of our marine estate.


Professor Marcus Haward

Professor Marcus Haward is a political scientist specialising in oceans and Antarctic governance and marine resources management at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania. He has over 140 research publications, and his books include Oceans Governance in the Twenty-first Century: Managing the Blue Planet (with Joanna Vince) Edward Elgar 2008; Global Commodity Governance: State Responses to Sustainable Forest and Fisheries Certification (with Fred Gale) Palgrave Macmillan, 2011; and Australia and the Antarctic Treaty System, (co-editor with Tom Griffiths) UNSW Press 2011.He is currently working on oceans and Antarctic governance, knowledge systems in coastal management, marine biodiversity conservation in a changing climate and Australia's regional fisheries interests. Professor Haward is currently editor of the Australian Journal of Maritime and Oceans Affairs published by Taylor & Francis.


Professor Caleb Gardner

Professor Caleb Gardner is a Fisheries Scientist, Head of the IMAS Fisheries & Aquaculture Centre, and Director of the Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration Agreement (SMRCA).  His research is mainly on high value invertebrate fisheries such as southern rock lobster and abalone. He has qualifications in both economics and biology, which interact in his research on commercial fisheries. His research on wild fisheries species generally have the objective of ensuring sustainable production and community benefit from Australia's fisheries. This has included the increased use of bioeconomic models in coastal fisheries for setting catches and assessing other regulations.


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Hobart Function and Conference Centre

1 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart TAS 7000

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