• The first home of TCG

    Open Forum     |      January 19, 2023

    In the second part of his retrospective, Mike Barraclough recalls the humble beginnings of TCG, a firm which soon grew into a major player in the Australian technology industry of the 1970s.

  • TCG and me

    Open Forum     |      January 18, 2023

    Mike Barraclough was a long-serving staff member at TCG, one of Australia’s oldest information technology firms.  Open Forum is proud to publish a series of extracts from his unfinished memoir as a tribute to him and his work in the domestic computer sector. 

  • Funding NEMO

    Open Forum     |      April 26, 2021

    Astrophysicist Paul Lasky makes the case for creating a gravitational wave detection observatory in Australia.

  • Pacific Island countries lead the world in reporting on global warming

    Open Forum     |      March 4, 2021

    A new report commissioned by ABC International Development monitors the ways Pacific islanders are reporting on the global warming which threatens their island nations.

  • How lifelong learning can help people adapt to workplace change

    Open Forum     |      January 8, 2020

    Benedikte Jensen, First Assistant Secretary of the Department of Employment and Skills, delivered a keynote address at GAP’s 10th Annual Economic Summit which outlined a range of federal measures to support worker retraining.

  • Data rights will empower consumers and business innovation

    Open Forum     |      October 23, 2018

    New data rights will help Australian customers and SMEs derive value from the information gathered on them and encourage the innovation required to boost productivity and wages.

  • The ongoing threat of asbestos in Australia

    Open Forum     |      September 7, 2018

    Even though the mineral was banned in 2003, asbestos lingers in older homes and, as they undergo repairs or redevelopment, harmful fibers are released, endangering home owners and construction workers.

  • New app plugs into people power

    Open Forum     |      June 25, 2018

    The national science agency is calling on all Australians to be part of its energy research by providing valuable information that will improve understanding of the way households consume, generate and interact with energy.

  • Starving fungal infections could save millions of lives

    Open Forum     |      June 24, 2018

    Australian researchers have identified a potentially new approach to treating lethal fungal infections that claim more than 1.6 million lives around the world every year.

  • 3D images offer clues to the loss of Australia’s first submarine

    Open Forum     |      June 23, 2018

    Australia’s first submarine, HMAS AE1, was lost at sea for over 100 years, but advanced 3D processing of new photographs of the wreck may offer clues towards understanding its fate.

  • Pacific report card highlights threats from climate change

    Open Forum     |      June 22, 2018

    The first Pacific Marine Climate Change Report Card outlines the worrying effects which global warming, sea level rises and ocean acidification are wreaking on fragile ocean ecosystems and the island nations which rely on them.  

  • New report casts doubt on Sydney’s affordable housing policy

    Open Forum     |      June 22, 2018

    Affordable rental options for low-income households in Sydney need to be drastically improved according to the City Futures Research Centre.