• Mobile money creates opportunities in PNG

    Mark Moran     |      November 13, 2018

    PNG is a place of great complexity, with a development landscape littered with failed efforts. The potential for mobile money is often expressed in terms of financial inclusion, but there is also potential to improve development and governance.

  • Why do people become homeless?

    Julie Moschion     |      November 13, 2018

    While the majority of the general public thinks drug addiction is the main reason for homelessness, the reality can be quite different. Drug use can follow homelessness, which in turn is often a product of parental separation.

  • Where to next on the final frontier?

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 13, 2018

    A critical mass of participants, initiatives and developments are riding a wave of government enthusiasm and private-sector support for Australia’s space industry. It’s a good time to be involved in the sector, but what should its priorities be from here?

  • Digital Trade

    Open Forum     |      July 26, 2018

    E-commerce has disrupted a series of traditional markets and has become an increasingly important way for Australia to trade with the rest of the world.  Digital trade overcomes the ‘tyranny of distance’ which previously inhibited Australian exports to the rest of the world and opens up exciting opportunities for Australian businesses and consumers. Around half […]

  • 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?