• Economy

    The straight road to economic success

    Richard Holden |  November 18, 2019

    Australia’s faith in market outcomes and a strong social safety set have delivered a robust society and strong economy for the last 30 years.  

  • Infrastructure

    A tale of ghost cities in Australia and China

    Ben Knight |  November 18, 2019

    While the ‘ghost cities’ in China are unlikely to occur in Australia, some worrying trends in this country should guard against complacency.

  • Health

    Closing the gap in blindness

    Hugh Taylor |  November 18, 2019

    While the roadmap to “Close the Gap for Vision” is working to improve the eye health of Indigenous Australians, there are still areas that need greater attention.

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  • When it comes to online safety – it’s not just kids who need education

    Julie Inman Grant     |      March 3, 2009

    There is a clear need for a program to help educate parents, teachers and carers on how to help children stay safe online.

    My last Open Forum blog was on the subject of cyberbullying and some of the surprising findings about the extent of the problem in Australia. A Microsoft-sponsored survey, performed by Galaxy Research, found that even though a quarter of children surveyed reported they had been cyberbullied, a startling 83% of parents did not know what to do in response to the problem.

  • Poetic Justice and a Child’s World

    foggy     |      March 2, 2009

    Poetry and storybooks give the imagination space to roam in a way computers never will, for adults & children alike.

    The imagery in a poem especially, of flowers, stimulates the faculty of an adult’s imagination much like the reading of a bedtime story does a child’s. Below is an excerpt from one of my favourites: lines 78-93, Acon and Rhodope; or Inconstancy, by Walter Savage Landor:

  • Postcard from Argentina

    Katie.Silver     |      March 2, 2009

    Combining work and play is a shortcut to getting  under the skin of another culture.

    When I arrived in Argentina to begin my AFS community service exchange, after only three weeks of Spanish classes, I even couldn’t even spell much less pronounce the name of my host family or hometown.

    Oh dear!

    But nobody held it against me and living with the Nachtriebs of Gualeguaychu has been nothing short of delightful.

    Living with a family, studying and volunteering has meant that rather than just being a tourist, I’ve developed real relationships within the community. 

  • Intelligent Protection

    Robert.Pregnell     |      March 2, 2009

    Only strong combination of artificial and human intelligence will protect you from the threats you can see, as well as those you can't.

  • Childish consumerism

    alison gordon     |      March 1, 2009

    As role models, guardians and parents, we can surely do more to stop our kids falling prey to savvy and toxic marketing campaigns.

    Do you have a "tween" in your house, or are about to have one? Perhaps you’re now grateful you have a couple of teenagers, or even young adults still living at home. Maybe you’re even relieved to have only boys in the house!

    We’ve all been affected by the downside of consumerism, but if you thought you’re precious little ones were safe, particularly your girls, rest assured this "market" has been well and truly discovered. You might be one of the many believers that it’s much easier to raise boys than girls, and regardless of whether this is true, we can probably all agree there are lots to raise an eyebrow at in 2009.

  • Evidence and guilt

    MikeM     |      February 27, 2009

    While DNA evidence may be sufficient to establish innocence, it is not sufficient by itself to establish guilt.

  • How to Change Current Attitudes Towards Careers in IT

    David.Gage     |      February 26, 2009

    There is a huge opportunity to utilise technologies in a creative manner to enhance customer experience and profitability.


  • The ethics of the carbon economy

    Senator Eric Abetz     |      February 26, 2009

    The question is not only how can we make an emissions trading scheme fair and yet still work, but also: is now the right time to have one?

    The industrial revolution of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century marked a major turning point in human society, leading over the following centuries to rapid and unprecedented increases in life spans, living standards and general quality of life for those in the western world, culminating in the early 21st century with what economist Ross Garnaut has frequently described as the "Platinum Age".

    Little wonder that 180 years later the so-called "developing" countries are also seeking to build their own wealth and social well-being through similar means.

    The wealth and growth of the Platinum Age was built on the so-called "carbon economy", powered by two new sources of energy: coal, and then oil.

  • A multilingual Australia?

    MikeM     |      February 25, 2009

    The Rudd government has launched a modest initiative to encourage increased study of foreign languages at school. The government program is vital, but may not be sufficient.

    The Australian government has now launched a $62 million program to encourage school students to learn a second language. Funding for the program was provided in the 2008-9 federal budget.

  • Streamlining Carbon Data Collection

    Gaby McDonald     |      February 24, 2009

    Current business systems are financially focused and are not designed to handle non-financial data with accuracy.

  • Let’s Splash Cash on Elvis

    sally.rose     |      February 23, 2009

    The best way to express our gratitude to volunteer services would be to ease some of their burden by not relying on them so heavily. 

  • The Long Term Homelessness Problem

    MikeM     |      February 23, 2009

    The cost to the state of establishing permanently homeless people in homes may be less than the cost of leaving them on the streets. Most recently, a pilot program in Los Angeles has reported tentative success.