• Human Interest

    Two leaders with the right stuff

    Ian Munro |  July 14, 2020

    Gladys Berejiklian and Sally Capp, the winners of the 2019 McKinnon Political Prize for Political Leadership, have successfully mixed strength with empathy in recent years.

  • Human Interest

    Cutting food waste – through social media

    Open Forum |  July 14, 2020

    Australians who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 are doing it tough. The bills keep coming in and the family still needs to be fed. Yet the average Australian family continues to waste around $3,000 per year on food that isn’t being eaten.

  • Business

    Saving Melbourne’s small businesses 

    John Vaz |  July 14, 2020

    Six more weeks of lockdown for Melbourne’s five million residents will kill off many small and medium-sized businesses unless there are critical changes to federal and state government assistance policies.

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  • A Greenhouse Gas Trajectory Change-Enabler

    Andrew Jones     |      March 29, 2010

    The Fifth World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was this week the location of the launch of the Global Greenhouse Gas  Standard for cities, enabling a common approach for cities to calculate greenhouse gas emissions within their boundaries.  The Standard was launched by UNEP, UN-HABITAT and the World Bank.

    The Standard builds on a number of existing protocols and methodologies, including the WBCSD, ICLEI and IPCC, and a host of existing efforts by cities to estimate baseline emissions and apply emissions accounting tools.

  • Harmony Day Celebrating Diverse Australia

    Shaun Hazeldine     |      March 27, 2010

    Just how rich a multicultural society we are is borne out by official statistics: more than half of all Australians in the 2006 Census claimed non-Australian ancestry. Collectively, we speak more than 200 languages and come from about the same number of birthplaces.

    Harmony Day, 21 March 2010 , was a day when people all over the country acknowledged the enormously valuable contribution of the many diverse cultures to the nation that is Australia today. Harmony Day coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

    According to the last census, 24 per cent of the Australia population was born overseas, 40 per cent have one or both parents born overseas and over 60 per cent have at least two different ethnic origins. More than two million Australians (or about 14 per cent of those aged over five) speak a language other than English at home.

  • Uncategorised

    SURVEY: UTS research Gov2.0 trials

    editor     |      March 25, 2010


    If you have taken part in any online government consultation during the past year – state or federal Open Forum and the University of Technology Sydney would like to hear about your experiences. Read more, or go straight to the quick survey.

  • Diverse cultures strengthen Australia’s sporting culture

    Melinda Turner     |      March 24, 2010

    Many people from migrant and refugee backgrounds are enthusiastic about sport and recreation. Like other Australians, they want to participate in a supported and structured way.

    According to the key findings of the Sports Participation report published in 2005 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics people from culturally diverse backgrounds are two-thirds less likely to participate in sport than other Australians. This discrepancy can be attributed to cultural differences, a lack of awareness and, sometimes, the institutional attitudes of some sporting bodies.

    This means many people are missing out on all of the health and social benefits of sport that others enjoy. It also means that at the both grassroots and elite level Australian sports are missing out on the greater participation rates and skills which people from culturally diverse backgrounds have to offer.

  • Give us your views about online government consultation

    jim.macnamara     |      March 23, 2010

    If you have taken part in any online government consultation during the past year – State or federal Open Forum and the University of Technology Sydney would like to hear about your experiences.

  • Make every day Harmony Day in your workplace

    Dr Hass Dellal OAM     |      March 19, 2010

    The message of Harmony Day is "Everyone Belongs". Millions of Australians are employed in small to medium sized businesses, so yous SME workplace is a good place to start putting this philosophy into practice.  

  • Sharon from What’s for Dinner? takes the OZ SI Camp Changemaker Quiz

    Sharon Lee     |      March 17, 2010
    Sharon Lee introduces her new project from OZ SI Camp, "What’s for Dinner?", in a quick Q& A.
    Had you ever entered a contest like this before?
    No, ASIX is my first.

    How much research did you do to find out if other people are already developing an idea like yours here or overseas?

  • Book Review: ‘Australian Sustainable Energy – by the numbers’, by Peter Seligman

    Dr Gideon Polya     |      March 17, 2010

    Professor Peter Seligman is not alone in estimating that Australia can rapidly and relatively cheaply ($253 billion) achieve 100% sustainable energy.

  • Aequus Partners Workplace Flexibility Survey

    Juliet Bourke     |      March 15, 2010

    Did a new “flexibility” normal get kick-started in the GFC?

    If so, what could it mean for the workforce of the future as we move into recovery?

    Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests that Australia experienced an overall drop in full-time hours and an increase in part-time hours in 2009, and media reports heralded the beginning of a four-day week.  

    The question is: were the 2009 employment statistics a short-term workplace adjustment, or did something change fundamentally?  Did the GFC cause employees to question the rat-wheel we had been running on at an ever increasing pace?  Did the GFC give employers an experience of the business benefits of flexibility and confidence that they could “do” part-time work, working from home and purchased leave? 

  • Uncategorised

    1st National Pain Summit launched

    editor     |      March 11, 2010

    In Canberra on 10 March 2010 The Hon. Nicola Roxon MP declared the first National Pain Summit open, remarking that "Given the breadth and importance of the topic it may be odd to outsiders that such a conference on such a topic has not been held before – but you are breaking new ground, as indeed we are by showing the leadership needed to stabilise and secure health investments for the future". 

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    Congratulations Refugee Buddy

    editor     |      March 11, 2010

    Last weekend 5-7 March 2010 was the innaugral OZ SI Camp.  Congratulations to all the teams, with a special mention to the prize winners. In third place Emergent Reality’s initiative ISIS, or Interlocked Social Information Systems, from the collaboration that began as Citizen Driven Stats. In second place The 2 Bob’s Worth crew. And taking out first place was (drumroll) Refugee Buddy, sign up to be a buddy today at www.refugeebuddy.org

  • National Pain Summit

    Lesley Brydon     |      March 11, 2010

    Organiser Lesley Brydon reveals how the long road to the innaugrual  National Pain Summit began.

    The idea for a National Pain Summit emerged 16 months ago,  following recommendations made in the Access Economics Report The High Price of Pain, prepared for MBF Foundation in collaboration with the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute.

    We started with just that; an idea. No resources, no formal plan but we did have some seed money provided by MBF Foundation.

    To start the process we identified around 130 healthcare and consumer bodies, with an interest in pain. Associations that represent all primary health care providers, medical specialist bodies and colleges and the various not-for-profit bodies representing all chronic diseases where pain is a factor, as well as other consumer advocacy groups.