• Australia to lead the charge on lithium-ion battery recycling

    Open Forum     |      July 17, 2018

    A new battery recycling industry to tackle Australia’s annual 3,300 tonnes of lithium-ion battery waste could be on the cards, according to a new report by the national science agency.

  • Why plastic bag bans triggered such a huge reaction

    Rebekah Russell-Bennett     |      July 17, 2018

    Despite the obvious benefits of reducing litter and waste, the removal of single use plastic bags from supermarkets has sparked a hostile reaction from some shoppers.

  • Australia’s newest snake may already be endangered

    Open Forum     |      July 17, 2018

    The ink has barely dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be in danger of extinction due to mining. A team of biologists led by The University of Queensland’s Associate Professor Bryan Fry discovered a new species of bandy-bandy snake at Weipa on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula.

  • The Pacific

    Open Forum     |      April 11, 2018

    The South Pacific encompasses a vast expanse and is home to island nations which face pressing economic, social and environmental challenges. Countries such as Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu often hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, but they also have great potential for growth and development. At […]

  • Australia’s Health

    Open Forum     |      February 8, 2018

    Please join us as we explore Australia’s health. What does the future look like and what is the potential for innovators to leave a lasting legacy, one with the potential to both enhance our life expectancy whilst also improving our quality of life?

  • Space

    Open Forum     |      November 7, 2017

    The announcement of an Australian space agency bought great excitement at the recent International Astronautical Congress. And so it should – Australia spends billions of dollars a year on foreign data and technology which could soon be sourced domestically. We invite you to join the discussion on this dynamic topic and continue the momentum towards the development of a strong Australian space industry.

  • Hidden Giants – Australia’s midsized businesses

    Open Forum     |      August 24, 2017

    Australia’s relations with its Pacific neighbours are entering the political, economic and social spotlight. This new series of posts will examine issues pertaining to Australia’s relations with our nearest neighbours and other states in ASEAN.

  • Cyber Security

    Open Forum     |      June 19, 2017

    How do we, as a nation, ensure we have the technology, and also the skillset, to combat massive data breaches? How do our governments regulate a threat that has permeable borders and no global framework? Our current Featured Forum is Cyber Security, and we invite your comments to ejohnson@openforum.com.au on this vast and fast-moving topic.

  • Housing affordability

    editor     |      June 6, 2017

    Housing affordability is one of the most important issues for the future of NSW. Leave a comment and give us your views on this crucial topic. We want your input! Comments closed midday Thursday 8 June 2017. Thank you for your support!

  • Leadership

    Open Forum     |      February 1, 2017

    In the last year we’ve had some significant changes in leadership on a political level. A certain leadership style can inspire and unite or polarise and divide. So what does it mean to be a good leader?

  • Productive Ageing

    editor     |      November 30, 2016

    In 1970, only 8% of Australians were older than 64. In 2050, it'll be almost a quarter. Pension age is increasing, but this still lags behind growing life expectancy. So why aren’t we employing Australia’s mature citizens?

  • Early Childhood Education

    editor     |      October 4, 2016

    Researchers believe that preschool is a critical period to expand the educational equity and opportunity of children by giving them a strong start. When is the right time to get kids “school ready”?