• Australian democracy demands a proper debate

    Dominic O'Sullivan     |      August 20, 2019

    Australian democracy is failing to deal with the complex interrelationships between coal and climate change, regional security interests, human rights and trade but today’s political culture of slogans and disengagement from proper debate and scrutiny makes it harder still.

  • Unraveling the stories in our stars

    Charles Kemp     |      August 20, 2019

    Throughout time, humankind has looked to the stars and recounted the meaning they see. We know this is true of many cultures, in many places. But time and place have influenced those narratives and how they were passed on.

  • Becoming a STEM-inist

    Amy Shepherd     |      August 20, 2019

    When PhD candidate Amy Shepherd began her career in science, she didn’t dream that within a few years she’d be rubbing shoulders with Nobel Prize winners but still wondering where all the women are.

  • Media

    Open Forum     |      January 24, 2019

    Newspapers and traditional journalism are one of the many industries ‘disrupted’ by the internet.  Many people piece together their view of the world from snippets from social media and personalise their ‘feeds’ to ensure their existing opinions are always reinforced rather than challenged. ‘Fake news’ and state sponsored disinformation is further eroding the common culture […]

  • Digital Trade

    Open Forum     |      July 26, 2018

    E-commerce has disrupted a series of traditional markets and has become an increasingly important way for Australia to trade with the rest of the world.  Digital trade overcomes the ‘tyranny of distance’ which previously inhibited Australian exports to the rest of the world and opens up exciting opportunities for Australian businesses and consumers. Around half […]

  • The Pacific

    Open Forum     |      April 11, 2018

    The South Pacific encompasses a vast expanse and is home to island nations which face pressing economic, social and environmental challenges. Countries such as Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu often hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, but they also have great potential for growth and development. At […]

  • Australia’s Health

    Open Forum     |      February 8, 2018

    Please join us as we explore Australia’s health. What does the future look like and what is the potential for innovators to leave a lasting legacy, one with the potential to both enhance our life expectancy whilst also improving our quality of life?

  • Space

    Open Forum     |      November 7, 2017

    The announcement of an Australian space agency bought great excitement at the recent International Astronautical Congress. And so it should – Australia spends billions of dollars a year on foreign data and technology which could soon be sourced domestically. We invite you to join the discussion on this dynamic topic and continue the momentum towards the development of a strong Australian space industry.

  • Hidden Giants – Australia’s midsized businesses

    Open Forum     |      August 24, 2017

    Australia’s relations with its Pacific neighbours are entering the political, economic and social spotlight. This new series of posts will examine issues pertaining to Australia’s relations with our nearest neighbours and other states in ASEAN.

  • Cyber Security

    Open Forum     |      June 19, 2017

    How do we, as a nation, ensure we have the technology, and also the skillset, to combat massive data breaches? How do our governments regulate a threat that has permeable borders and no global framework? Our current Featured Forum is Cyber Security, and we invite your comments to ejohnson@openforum.com.au on this vast and fast-moving topic.

  • Housing affordability

    editor     |      June 6, 2017

    Housing affordability is one of the most important issues for the future of NSW. Leave a comment and give us your views on this crucial topic. We want your input! Comments closed midday Thursday 8 June 2017. Thank you for your support!

  • Leadership

    Open Forum     |      February 1, 2017

    In the last year we’ve had some significant changes in leadership on a political level. A certain leadership style can inspire and unite or polarise and divide. So what does it mean to be a good leader?