• Environment

    The difficult balancing act in the Murray Darling Basin

    Phil Eberbach |  February 21, 2019

    Low inflows of water into the Murray-Darling system and heavy agricultural extraction have contributed to the cataclysmic fish-kills of recent times, and better management of the system is required to avoid a repetition.

  • Security

    Defending the north – Then and now

    Richard Brabin-Smith |  February 21, 2019

    While most of Australia’s population lives in the south east, any threat to the country must be faced from the north, and so plans to strengthen Australia’s defences must begin there.

  • Health

    Everyone can help put the case for vaccination

    Jessica Kaufman |  February 21, 2019

    Falling vaccination rates are causing a resurgence of serious childhood diseases, but parents as well as doctors can help reverse the trend by advocating for immunisation.

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  • Advocating Third Generation Rights

    Cecilia Riebl     |      July 9, 2009

    The Australian Network of Environmental Defender’s Offices (ANEDO) are a collection of nine community environmental law centres which, while independent, share a common objective: to work to protect the environment in the public interest.

    The link between environmental rights and human rights doesn’t take a huge leap of the imagination. Most people now accept that human health and survival is threatened by ecological problems like air pollution, deforestation, water shortage and of course climate change. In this sense a clean and healthy environment is essential for the effective protection of human rights.

  • The education scandal

    mrty     |      July 7, 2009

    It is truly a national scandal that our tertiary institutions have taken so little trouble to protect the welfare of the foreign students who provide the fees that these institutions depend upon.

  • The Charity Parasites

    mrty     |      July 6, 2009

    How many cents in the charity dollar actually go to charity?

  • See You Next Swing

    foggy     |      July 6, 2009

    Mental Health matters: They will walk out on you now! Be back next Swing!! (As in mood swings).

  • Human Rights

    Kym Houghton     |      July 6, 2009

    Effective Human Rights = effective legal aid!  Pay for it, or lose it!  

  • Are pensioners really impoverished?

    Jessica.Brown     |      July 6, 2009

    Confusing the average median income with the poverty line is sloppy statistics.

  • Brain health is important too!

    Glenn Rees     |      July 6, 2009

    How’s your health? Have you thought about it lately? Remember to mind your mind.

    You’ve probably thought about what you can do to stay physically healthy.  But what about your brain health?  Have you given it much thought? 

    If you haven’t, then now is the time to start. Even though you may feel perfectly healthy now, the changes that lead to dementia could already be occurring in your brain. 

    Australia’s population is ageing, and with it the prevalence of dementia is increasing. Dementia is a general term for more than 100 conditions causing progressive deterioration in thinking, memory and everyday abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.

  • Drawing Level VS Closing the Gap

    Bruce R     |      July 6, 2009

    Meaningful change needs to be a two-way street.  

  • Uncategorised

    Government 2.0 Taskforce Announced

    editor     |      July 1, 2009

    On Monday 22 June 2009, Open Forum was represented by Sally Rose at the Public Sphere Event: Government 2.0 hosted by Senator Kate Lundy, where the Hon. Lindsay Tanner MP made the exciting announcement about the new Government 2.0 Taskforce. Hopefully this new government body, chaired by Dr Nicholas Gruen, will encourage many more departments and agencies to embrace the benefits of web 2.0 tools.

  • Cash has done its dash

    quagga     |      June 30, 2009

    When you consider all these benefits of a cashless society it is obvious that very soon cash will be a thing of the past. 


    Recently a significant milestone was achieved in the field of computer operating systems: the OKL4 operating system kernel. The most significant point to understand about the OKL4 kernel for this article is that it guarantees by way of solid mathematical proofs that programs can run on it in isolation and safe from interference from any other programs including viruses – this is something that no other publicly available operating system provably guarantees!

    So what has this talk about operating systems got to do with CASH – the subject of the title of the article?

    Well this technology in combination with the following facts leads to some very exciting possibilities:

  • The Ageing Workforce

    Christine Harley     |      June 30, 2009

    If you make hiring decisions in the finance or finacial services sector, then Christine Harley wants to know more about how you relate to the ageing workforce.

    I’m researching the views of employers (those who make the final decision whether to hire one person over another) as opposed to HR people (who generally filter applicants and compile short lists of candidates for the consideration of the final decision-maker) in the finance/financial services sector. A survey I’m using can be found by clicking here.

    It is now well acknowledged that the Australian population is ageing. The number of older adults living in Australia is steadily increasing meaning that the age of our workforce will also increase. The baby boomers are approaching the traditional retirement age, most within the next two decades.

  • Women For Wik: What’s Working?

    Women for Wik     |      June 28, 2009

    Women for WikOriginally formed to support Native Title Legislation 12 years ago, Women For Wik are back in action to talk about What’s Working.

    Women For Wik is a network which respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait  Islander people’s rights and capacities to control their lands and communities. Despite the apology, progress has been slow and sometimes policies have gone backwards; often because of relentlessly negative reporting of crises and deficits. These ‘stories’ have led to drastic interventions, takeovers and funding shifts which weaken localcommunities and undermine the often under-reported progress.