• Happy Christmas to all our readers

    Open Forum     |      December 25, 2018

    Open Forum would like to wish all our readers a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

  • Family films to watch this Christmas

    Djoymi Baker     |      December 24, 2018

    The holidays are here, the family is around, so which feel-good movies can you watch together to reconnect with something meaningful? Here are ten family films which offer more than the usual Christmas fare.

  • The curse of identity politics and the case for shared values

    Peter Tregear     |      December 22, 2018

    Without a continuing trust in shared values we run the risk of being unable to convince people different from ourselves why they might wish to think or feel, let alone vote or act, like we do.

  • God vs mammon at Christmas

    Joshua Newton     |      December 22, 2018

    Shops put a lot of effort into Christmas decorations to associate themselves with the celebration and encourage shoppers to spend but is the overt commercialisation of Christmas drowning out its true spirit?

  • When did being a man become such a difficult task?

    Stuart Thomas     |      December 20, 2018

    Traditional male roles in the workplace and family are increasingly threatened or questioned but men can take responsibility for understanding themselves and their new situation to help forge new definitions of masculinity for the 21st century.

  • Nostalgia and friends drive our festive food coma

    Open Forum     |      December 20, 2018

    Why do we stuff ourselves so full at Christmas? It’s not just the food we love, but the memories of happy times in the past and the company of family and friends in the present.

  • Love hurts – On a lifetime of sports fandom

    Sally Breen     |      December 10, 2018

    Sport is an integral part of Australia’s DNA, but a love for Lleyton Hewitt, Australia’s last world number one male tennis player, was unusual for even the most die-hard Australian sporting fan.

  • Putting museum power on the map

    Natalia Grincheva     |      December 9, 2018

    A new analysis of the soft power of museums shows how their social influence is shaped by local social-demographic, cultural and economic factors.

  • Preserving the power of ancient Indigenous oral traditions

    Open Forum     |      November 23, 2018

    The Monash Country Lines Archive is an animation program that records stories in Indigenous languages which are often threatened with extinction.

  • How Australian cities are adapting to the “Chinese century”

    Ilan Wiesel     |      November 19, 2018

    China’s rise as a global power is driving new flows of people, ideas and capital between China and Australia and Australian cities need to adapt to this new geopolitical reality.

  • Grey nomads, seachangers and bogans – 30 years of the Australian National Dictionary

    Jane Faure-Brac     |      November 17, 2018

    Do you know someone ‘doing a Johnny Farnham’? Have you played the ‘thongophone’? And how do you think Australia’s ‘koala diplomacy’ is working? These “Australianisms” are contenders for the next edition of the Australian National Dictionary (AND), prove Australian English is alive and well on its 30th anniversary.

  • Micro-betting snares more vulnerable Australians

    Alex Russell     |      November 17, 2018

    The increasing popularity of ‘micro-betting’ poses a threat to the integrity of major sports as well as the wallets of Australia’s increasing numbers of online gamblers.