• It’s time to close the gap for good

    Christine Craik     |      March 16, 2018

    Christine Craik, President of The Australian Association of Social Workers, calls for significant and immediate action to address the entrenched inequality and disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on National Close the Gap Day.

  • 116,000 people were without a home on Census night

    Open Forum     |      March 14, 2018

    More Australians are living on the streets, with 15% of recent migrants without a home to call their own. The homeless rate has increased 4.6% over the last five years, according to new data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

  • The problem record immigration is supposed to solve doesn’t exist

    William Bourke     |      March 14, 2018

    Population is “the everything issue”. It affects all aspects of public policy and our daily lives. It is essential to get population policy right if we are to achieve critical public policy outcomes like secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning and a sustainable environment.

  • Opportunity knocks for Australian MSEs in Asia

    Valentin Henrio     |      January 17, 2018

    The rapidly expanding Asian economy offers unprecedented opportunity for Australia’s mid-sized enterprises. Valentin Henrio considers the possibilities.

  • GAP in 2017 – a year in review

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      December 21, 2017

    2017 has been a year of celebration for Global Access Partners. Managing Director Catherine Fritz-Kalish reviews a GAP year filled with achievement.

  • The reality of Christmas for young people in care

    Jason Juretic     |      December 20, 2017

    The end-of-the-year celebration is a festive and happy period for most of us, however, for young people living in Out-of-Home-Care, Christmas may be an unhappy reminder of loss. Jason Juretic, CEO of Stepping Stone House, reveals how each of us can contribute to providing vulnerable young people with a positive Christmas experience.

  • Manus Island – a firsthand account of a humanitarian crisis

    Jana Favero     |      December 18, 2017

    A recent trip to Manus Island left Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Jana Favero deeply shocked and confirmed the humanitarian crisis that has developed from Australia’s asylum seeker policies. She shares her experience with Open Forum and calls for an end to partisan politics on this issue.

  • How to talk to your children about sexual assault

    Paul Dillon     |      December 13, 2017

    The #metoo campaign is encouraging more and more women to come forward and tell their stories about sexual assault and harassment. Drug education expert Paul Dillon writes that this is a perfect opportunity for parents to discuss the issue of sexual assault with their children.

  • Inter-country adoption – a decade of decline

    Nigel Holden     |      December 12, 2017

    Inter-country adoption has become an increasingly challenging pathway to parenthood for Australians. Fewer adoptions, longer waiting periods, and a greater percentage of children with complex and special needs are now the norm. Adoption advocate Nigel Holden shares his experience of becoming a father through inter-country adoption.

  • Use it or lose it – the ageing activist

    Alan Stevenson     |      December 8, 2017

    Engaging in community work after retirement, leads to great benefits for both the volunteer and society. After many years working in the computer industry, Alan Stevenson decided to share his knowledge. He explains both the challenges and the rewards he has faced, teaching an ageing population.