• Is “low carb” beer really better for you?

    Open Forum     |      April 21, 2018

    “Low carb” beer is widely advertised but its implied health claims are smoke and mirrors. Health groups are calling for nutrition info panels on alcohol to help make the public make more informed consumption choices.

  • Myths and misconceptions about organ donation

    Open Forum     |      April 20, 2018

    Organ donation saves lives but research by the Organ and Tissue Authority suggests that a range of common myths and misconceptions are holding Australians back from helping others after their death.

  • Assessing Australia’s South Pacific guest worker programme

    Open Forum     |      April 10, 2018

    A new report from the World Bank offers a detailed examination of the impact of Australia’s guest worker programme on labour from the South Pacific. The study also suggests eleven ways to improve inclusion, equity and economic returns.

  • The world’s richest 1% took 82% of the wealth created last year

    Open Forum     |      April 4, 2018

    Eighty two percent of the wealth generated last year went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth, according to a new Oxfam report. 

  • Your chance to suggest topics for the 2021 census

    Open Forum     |      April 4, 2018

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics wants your help to decide which information to gather in the next Census.

  • Land degradation threatens nature – and humanity

    Open Forum     |      March 29, 2018

    Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change. It is also a major contributor to mass human migration and increased conflict, according to the world’s first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of land degradation and restoration.

  • Australia needs a moratorium on genetic tests for life insurance

    Open Forum     |      March 29, 2018

    Australian Life Insurers will no longer be able to use predictive genetic test results in underwriting, if recommendations tabled by a Parliamentary Inquiry into Life Insurance are adopted.

  • Productivity Commission calls for customer focused reforms in human services

    Open Forum     |      March 27, 2018

    The Productivity Commission recommends steps to increase competition, contestability and informed user choice to improve human services in six vital areas of community provision.

  • Global science leaders call for greater action on climate change

    Open Forum     |      March 20, 2018

    The Australian Academy of Science has joined Commonwealth of Nations science leaders from around the globe to call on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change.

  • Shorten in space

    Open Forum     |      March 17, 2018

    Labor is promising an investment of up to AU$35 million in a new space agency if it wins the next election, but co-investment from industry and universities must help get the program off the ground.

  • ACCC slams opaque mortgage deals

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2018

    An interim report by the ACCC has found the opaque pricing of discounts offered on residential mortgage rates makes it difficult for customers to make informed choices and penalises borrowers who stick with the same lender over time.

  • Better education and monitoring should reduce harm from opiods

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2018

    Painaustralia is calling for better education and awareness around opioid use for pain management, in light of evidence of significant harms and increasing use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.