• Society

    Paternal perceptions

    Alistair Thomson |  August 23, 2019

    New research is examining the evolution of Australian fatherhood and family responsibilities over the past 100 years.

  • International

    Hong Kong: The canary in the coal mine

    Brendan Clift |  August 23, 2019

    Hong Kong continues to be wracked by civil unrest as its people protest against Chinese oppression. How did it come to this, what does it signal, and where is it likely to end?

  • Business

    That Instagram post may cost you more than you think

    Chris Culnane |  August 23, 2019

    We don’t really know how social media posts are being used or evaluated by banks. We need greater transparency around exactly how our data will be used and the ability to challenge decisions.

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    eHealth News

    editor     |      October 22, 2009

    Should every Australian have their own, portable eHealth record?. That’s the latest question the Department of Health and Ageing are asking on their blog. Visit www.yourhealth.gov.au to be part of their consultation.

  • An Asia Pacific Community: an idea whose time is coming

    Richard Woolcott     |      October 21, 2009

    What is Rudd’s actual proposal, given that although the broad objective is clear, he is still developing his ideas on the detail of the arrangements he would want to pursue?

    What was my role as his Special Envoy, and what were the outcomes of my consultations?

    What are the next steps to advance the idea of an Asia Pacific community?

    This essay addresses these four questions.

  • Australian Libertarians Revealed

    John.Humphreys     |      October 20, 2009

    It seems left-wing economic journalist Ross Gittins has just discovered the word ‘libertarian,’ and the revelation seems to have him spooked. 

  • Australia losing perspective on Asia

    Warren Reed     |      October 19, 2009

    Statements like the following from a former Treasury official hardly inspire confidence in Australia’s capacity to stay on top of the Asia game:

  • A Quiet Love Affair with City Rail

    alison gordon     |      October 17, 2009

    A few weeks ago, after exiting through the turnstiles at Central station, I was stopped by a friendly man handing out new train timetables to customers, foreshadowing another overhaul on October 11.

    Clipboard in hand, he asked me whether I had a few minutes to talk to him about my experience with City Rail. What was my main frustration? What would I like improved or changed? What do I think about ticket prices?

    I stood there for a moment a little lost for words.

  • Australia Finally Heading in the Right Direction on e-Health

    Robin McKenzie     |      October 16, 2009

    I read with great interest the words of National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) chief executive Peter Flemming quoted in Australian IT on 13 October which indicated that the original vision of a single e-health record system had been abandoned in favour of "person-controlled" records that could be adopted more quickly.

    The article quotes Flemming, "Five years ago, there was a strong view that there would be an e-health record for all Australians held on a massive database somewhere," he told the Medical Software Industry Association conference in Sydney last week. "That’s no longer the view".

  • Beyond laptops: the real education revolution

    Sheryle Moon     |      October 15, 2009

    It is a time of great upheaval in the economy and consequently, the role our education system plays in preparing young Australians for the changing world of work is under renewed scrutiny. 

  • Tea Laced with Poison

    Susan Merrell     |      October 15, 2009

    Barack Obama’s recent Nobel Peace Prize is testament to his popularity and respect internationally. Yet at home he’s facing strong opposition. Elected to office on a platform of ‘change’, Obama has encountered a considerable backlash implementing those changes.

    The USA is a profoundly Christian and traditionally conservative country. Puritan Christians founded it and it retains many of their values. It was also a pioneering nation where carrying a gun was a necessary part of survival. Add to this that the prosperity of the nation was built on the back of black slavery and we start to better understand the legacy of the past to the value system of the United States of America, with all its paradoxes.

    Taking this into consideration, it’s hardly surprising that there should be a substantial backlash to Obama and his government’s domestic initiatives.

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    Uyghur and Han Perspectives

    editor     |      October 14, 2009

    In September Open Forum published a blog from a Chinese national currently studying in Australia, Xiaonan Liu, titled The Seven Lies of Kadeer. Since then we’ve published responses from two Uyghur human rights activists. First came Xinjiang: Where the Truth Goes to Die from a contributor writing under the psuedonym Erland, followed by this response from the Uyghur Human Rights Project. For completely contrasting perspectives, read them all.

  • As Consultation Closes Debate on Australian Human Rights Act Heats Up

    sally.rose     |      October 14, 2009

    At 12:30pm today (Wednesday 14 October 2009) The Committee Chair Fr Frank Brennan will address the National Press Club on the findings of the National Human Rights Consultation.

    Fr Brennan says in his introduction to the final report, “Never before has a public consultation generated so much interest: the Committee received more than 35 000 submissions”.

    Even so, as with most public consultations it has attracted criticism for not being genuinely representative, but in this case the Committee deserves a nod for their impressive effort to genuinely gauge community sentiment.

  • Salvation

    Open Forum     |      October 13, 2009

    When walking along the downtown street, do you hear the guys playing instruments in some corners? Or do you notice the guys who are swiftly washing the windshields of cars waiting for the traffic lights when passing by a cross junction? They are homeless people living in cosmopolitan Sydney.

  • Dividing the Uyghur from the Han Chinese: Troubling Aspects of Chinese Propaganda

    Uyghur Human Rights Project     |      October 9, 2009

    The article by Liu Xiaonan,The Seven Lies of Kadeer, published on September 25, 2009 on Open Forum is a fascinating glimpse into the dangers of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda.

    In the article, Ms. Liu offers a number of disparaging and unsubstantiated claims against World Uyghur Congress leader, Ms. Rebiya Kadeer. The claims not only echo CCP misinformation on events in Urumchi during July, 2009, but also, and more worryingly, display a complete disregard for the possibility of genuine dialogue between Han Chinese and Uyghurs. As stated, this latter observation is cause for concern; however, it is compounded by the fact that Ms. Liu is merely restating the Chinese government’s position of refusal to engage in a process critical of its handling of Uyghur issues.