Global Access Partners

Open Forum is an interactive policy discussion website hosted and moderated by Global Access Partners (GAP).  It offers a platform for free thought, open debate and policy discussion from an Australian perspective and welcomes blogs and comments from everyone who wishes to contribute.

Created almost a quarter of a century ago, Global Access Partners is an independent non-profit institute for active policy that initiates strategic debate on the most pressing social, economic and structural issues facing Australia and the world today. It acts as a catalyst for policy implementation and new economic opportunities through the work of its 4,000 high-level participants from academic, business and government. GAP runs numerous taskforces, conferences and online events and now partners with the Nobel Foundation.

The Open Forum website has showcased over 8,000 articles since the first piece – inviting questions to then Minister of Health Tony Abbot – went live in May 2007. Publicised by over 10,000 tweets, and thousands of posts on Facebook and Twitter, we feature unique articles written for the site by academics, GAP alumni and members of the public, as well as breaking scientific news and the best articles curated from a range of authoritative Australian sources.

Regular topics include domestic business, economic and political issues; energy, climate change and the environment; infrastructure and technology; and the international science in the Pacific, Asia, China and the USA. The weekends often showcase wide-ranging articles on culture, history and human psychology. The site also held a successful public consultation exercise for the New South Wales government on strata reform, whose results helped shape the biggest shake-up in strata law for decades.

Notable current writers include Professor James Arvanitakis on the turbulent American political scene and Peter Farley on Australian energy policy.

The site has no party political agenda to grind, but proudly supports democracy and evidence based discussion.  It does not accept advertising, nor does it pay contributors, but it welcomes new article submissions from all.  Readers are also encouraged to share its stories through their own social media channels.


Open Forum respects the privacy of its users and complies with all relevant domestic and international legislation, including GDPR. Read our privacy policy here.


If you would like to contribute a blog or have any questions about the site, please contact the editor at Contributors retain full rights to their work.


Open Forum encourages vibrant discussions between people of all backgrounds and beliefs about the important issues of our time. We welcome disagreement and debate, but ask that all participants remain civil and constructive and obey Australian law.

Please don’t post a comment which is threatening, discriminatory, slanderous, libelous, spam, advertising, uses offensive language or is wildly irrelevant. All it really boils down to is good manners and a bit of common sense!

To eliminate spam, all comments are subject to moderation and are posted upon manual review.

Global Access Partners

71 Balfour St
NSW 2008

PO Box 978
Strawberry Hills
NSW 2012

+61 2 8303 2420