• Business

    ESG investing in people and the planet

    Rosemary Addis |  April 24, 2024

    Environmental and social issues need to be considered together for sustainable finance reforms to contribute positively to the wellbeing of the planet and its people.

  • Artificial Intelligence

    The idea factory

    Open Forum |  April 24, 2024

    AI chatbots can offer a novel avenue for idea generation, simulating multidisciplinary workshops that traditionally require significant time and resources. Soon we won’t need people at all, will we?

  • Health

    Australia’s healthy health sector

    Open Forum |  April 24, 2024

    New research from the Productivity Commission has found Australia’s healthcare system delivers some of the best value for money of any in the world.

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  • The Charity Parasites

    mrty     |      July 6, 2009

    How many cents in the charity dollar actually go to charity?

  • See You Next Swing

    foggy     |      July 6, 2009

    Mental Health matters: They will walk out on you now! Be back next Swing!! (As in mood swings).

  • Human Rights

    Kym Houghton     |      July 6, 2009

    Effective Human Rights = effective legal aid!  Pay for it, or lose it!  

  • Are pensioners really impoverished?

    Jessica.Brown     |      July 6, 2009

    Confusing the average median income with the poverty line is sloppy statistics.

  • Brain health is important too!

    Glenn Rees     |      July 6, 2009

    How’s your health? Have you thought about it lately? Remember to mind your mind.

    You’ve probably thought about what you can do to stay physically healthy.  But what about your brain health?  Have you given it much thought? 

    If you haven’t, then now is the time to start. Even though you may feel perfectly healthy now, the changes that lead to dementia could already be occurring in your brain. 

    Australia’s population is ageing, and with it the prevalence of dementia is increasing. Dementia is a general term for more than 100 conditions causing progressive deterioration in thinking, memory and everyday abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.

  • Drawing Level VS Closing the Gap

    Bruce R     |      July 6, 2009

    Meaningful change needs to be a two-way street.  

  • Uncategorised

    Government 2.0 Taskforce Announced

    editor     |      July 1, 2009

    On Monday 22 June 2009, Open Forum was represented by Sally Rose at the Public Sphere Event: Government 2.0 hosted by Senator Kate Lundy, where the Hon. Lindsay Tanner MP made the exciting announcement about the new Government 2.0 Taskforce. Hopefully this new government body, chaired by Dr Nicholas Gruen, will encourage many more departments and agencies to embrace the benefits of web 2.0 tools.

  • Cash has done its dash

    quagga     |      June 30, 2009

    When you consider all these benefits of a cashless society it is obvious that very soon cash will be a thing of the past. 


    Recently a significant milestone was achieved in the field of computer operating systems: the OKL4 operating system kernel. The most significant point to understand about the OKL4 kernel for this article is that it guarantees by way of solid mathematical proofs that programs can run on it in isolation and safe from interference from any other programs including viruses – this is something that no other publicly available operating system provably guarantees!

    So what has this talk about operating systems got to do with CASH – the subject of the title of the article?

    Well this technology in combination with the following facts leads to some very exciting possibilities:

  • The Ageing Workforce

    Christine Harley     |      June 30, 2009

    If you make hiring decisions in the finance or finacial services sector, then Christine Harley wants to know more about how you relate to the ageing workforce.

    I’m researching the views of employers (those who make the final decision whether to hire one person over another) as opposed to HR people (who generally filter applicants and compile short lists of candidates for the consideration of the final decision-maker) in the finance/financial services sector. A survey I’m using can be found by clicking here.

    It is now well acknowledged that the Australian population is ageing. The number of older adults living in Australia is steadily increasing meaning that the age of our workforce will also increase. The baby boomers are approaching the traditional retirement age, most within the next two decades.

  • Women For Wik: What’s Working?

    Women for Wik     |      June 28, 2009

    Women for WikOriginally formed to support Native Title Legislation 12 years ago, Women For Wik are back in action to talk about What’s Working.

    Women For Wik is a network which respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait  Islander people’s rights and capacities to control their lands and communities. Despite the apology, progress has been slow and sometimes policies have gone backwards; often because of relentlessly negative reporting of crises and deficits. These ‘stories’ have led to drastic interventions, takeovers and funding shifts which weaken localcommunities and undermine the often under-reported progress.

  • Is it time for a bill of human rights in Australia?

    Matthew Tukaki     |      June 28, 2009

    What does a BoR's mean to us and what lessons can we learn from other similar countries?

  • Consultation receives over 34,000 submissions

    Fr Frank Brennan     |      June 26, 2009

    The National Human Rights Consultation Committee announced that they had received over 34,000 submissions as part of a nation-wide consultation on human rights in Australia.

    I would like to thank all those who have participated in our blog these past weeks.  There has been some very informed discussion. 

    I and my committee members now look forward to the public hearings in the Great Hall of Parliament House next week.

    There will be plenty of opportunity for public involvement at the hearings from 1-3 July.

    You can register for the public hearings at the National Human Rights Consultation website.

    The program is available here.

    After the hearings, I and the committee will be able to settle down to the task of writing a report drawing on the 35,000 submissions received and the 70 community consultations attended by 4,300 persons.

    The National Human Rights Online Consultation was closed at 5:00pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, 26 June 2009. 
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