• The NDIS levy – a new era for tax, trust and open government?

    Craig Wallace     |      May 6, 2013

    After the government announcement to increase the Medicare levy to help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Craig Wallace, President of People with Disability Australia, focusses on what this means for broader debates around taxation and accountability.

  • Photographic Competition

    Open Forum     |      May 6, 2013

    The Do Something Near You organisation invites everyone to embrace their creative urges and help celebrate volunteers. Do Something Near you is holding a photo competition that aims to influence Australians to explore, engage, and empower change through volunteering in their local communities.

  • Mother’s Day Classic

    Open Forum     |      May 6, 2013

    Every year on Mother’s Day, (12 May 2013) the Mother’s Day Classic walk or run raises money for National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) research programs and awareness of breast cancer in the community.

  • TEDx Sydney

    Open Forum     |      May 5, 2013

    The Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House will host TEDx Sydney on Saturday, 4 May for a live audience of 2,200. TED is a US based not-for-profit enterprise that aims to broadcast ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. TED started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design.

  • Shine On – 25 years of transforming young lives

    Louise Baxter     |      May 3, 2013

    Starlight Children’s Foundation celebrates its biggest annual fundraiser, Starlight Day. Louise Baxter, CEO of Starlight, explains how the Foundation is aiming to raise $1.5 million to transforming the experience of hospitalisation and treatment for seriously ill children across Australia.

  • Are Abbott’s careful words a smokescreen on RU486?

    Lee Rhiannon     |      May 2, 2013

    After the announcement that the abortion drugs RU486 and Misoprostol could be approved for tax subsidy by the government, Greens senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon questions the motives of Tony Abbott’s careful reaction.

  • Privacy Awareness Week

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2013

    Privacy Awareness Week is happening from 28 April to 4 May 2013. Held each year to promote greater privacy awareness and the importance of protecting personal information, Privacy Awareness Week is an initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum (APPA).

  • Spanish economy in crisis

    Marta Conejo Sobrino     |      April 30, 2013

    Some claim that the average Spaniard holds more wealth than a German. But after the property bubble imploded in 2008, Spain is still suffering from a weak economy and soaring unemployment rates, says Spanish journalist Marta Conejo Sobrino.

  • Starlight Day

    Open Forum     |      April 29, 2013

    The Starlight Foundation is celebrating 25 years of transforming the lives of seriously ill children and their families on Starlight Day, 3 May 2013.

  • Animal Worship: Horse Reverence in Australia

    Binoy Kampmark     |      April 29, 2013

    Is the collective outpouring of emotions after the retirement of the record-breaking racehorse Black Caviar out of proportion? It certainly isn't new, says Binoy Kampmark from RMIT University.

  • Anzac Biscuits

    Open Forum     |      April 24, 2013

    As we take time to remember those who served their country this Anzac Day we look at the origins of the much loved Soldiers’ Biscuits.

  • Bound Together: Research shows children with Autism are attached to their parents

    Nancy Sadka and Josephine Barbaro     |      April 24, 2013

    A common view of autistic children is that they are unable to form emotional attachment. Nancy Sadka from the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre shows that they indeed do exhibit a secure attachment towards their caregiver.