• Human Interest

    Flexing our social muscles

    Melanie Lambert |  March 5, 2024

    While maintaining financial security tends to dominate considerations of retirement, the need to stay socially active and connected with others when we leave the workforce can be just as important for our long-term well-being.

  • Health

    Health economics

    Open Forum |  March 5, 2024

    Health economists must play a key role in decision making to improve the efficiency of local hospitals and health networks if Australia wants better results from the $180 billion dollars spent every year on healthcare services.

  • Science and Technology

    Kitchen science

    Sam Baron |  March 5, 2024

    Some science experiments cost billions of dollars, while others can be done on a tabletop, but both types of investigation could help push our understanding of fundamental physics into new realms.

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  • Childcare at the Crossroads

    Open Forum     |      January 12, 2009

    While I don't doubt the Government‘s commitment in preventing the loss of any further childcare places, I am concerned that there seems to be little planned beyond March 31, when its second prop-up of $34 million expires.

  • Childcare in crisis – did anyone not know?

    Berenice Nyland     |      January 8, 2009

    We need a plan for a universal, high quality childcare program in Australia with supply-side funding provided by government.

  • Childcare in Crisis?

    Elspeth McInnes     |      January 7, 2009

    Childcare in Australia is at a turning point as the country enters 2009.

  • Religion & Euthanasia

    Hani Montan     |      January 6, 2009

    Legislation is needed to define doctors' obligations to turn off life-support systems when appropriate.

    Euthanasia and assisted suicide are issues that affect the whole of society, and can have a significant impact on family relationships. Euthanasia (either passive or active methods of ending life with the direct supervision of a doctor) and assisted suicide (a patient's actions to end their own life following advice from a doctor) are difficult decisions which deserve to be understood in terms of human rights, freedom and personal choice.

    It's abhorrent that our system imposes religious dogma upon non-religious people who are near death and want nothing to do with religious slogans, whilst enduring unbearable suffering at the end of their temporary existence.

  • South African experience…

    Clare Nash     |      January 5, 2009

    From bungy jumping to visiting Soweto on children’s day, from seeing the very poorest and most violent parts of Johannesburg, every day on this South African trip was an experience.

    I can honestly say, straight up, that I have just had the most wonderful experience of my life. I was so nervous before I went, wondering if I had made the right decision, wondering if I could I handle it and whether South Africa was a wise choice. Despite spending the entire first week in bed with a terrible stomach bug, every fear I had disappeared upon my arrival.

    I was welcomed with open arms and made to feel a member of the Bushpigs family.

    During the week in bed I never once felt alone. People I’d just met were continually checking in on me; bringing me food and water, coming to say hello and make me smile, and taking me to the doctors when I needed it. My experience only got better from there.

  • Uncategorised

    Exciting Careers in IT

    editor     |      January 4, 2009

    "IT is exciting! Why don't young people know that?" That will be the subject of a report laptop fotosearch imagebeing prepared for release in 2009 by the UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information, Industry Advisory Network supported by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Foundation and ACS NSW.

    This is your opportunity to collaborate and have your ideas considered in their findings. To join our "Exciting Careers in IT" forum, follow this link »»

  • Red tape “threat to growth”?

    Victor Perton     |      January 4, 2009

    It is a delight to introduce today the final report from the GAP Congress on Regulatory Affairs: "Opportunities for Business".

    It is a delight to introduce today the final report from the GAP Congress on Regulatory Affairs: Opportunities for Business.

    On 26 September 2008, it was my pleasure to chair the GAP Congress on Regulatory Affairs: Opportunities for Business, held at Victoria’s Parliament House in Melbourne.

  • A New Year’s Resolution? Don’t forget ID Management, Mutual Authentication and the ruthless power of social engineering!

    Malcolm Crompton     |      December 31, 2008

    May you all have a Happy New Year that is also safe online and offline and where you, not others, control what happens to the personal information about you and about what you are doing.

  • Good Politics / Bad Economics (Blessed are the young!)

    mannkal     |      December 24, 2008

    Ron Manners from the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation (www.mannkal.org) presents economic theory in verse.

  • What a Year!

    sally.rose     |      December 24, 2008

    Thank you to all our members for a great year. Best wishes for a happy holiday, see you online in 2009!

    Thank you to all our members for a great year. Best wishes for a happy holiday, see you online in 2009!

    There’s something rejuvenating about reflecting upon the year that was and making plans for the year ahead. Taking a little time to re-read a few of my favourite posts from Open Forum in 2008 has left me feeling even more excited about 2009.

  • “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway…”

    Sheenal Singh     |      December 22, 2008

    Every year, a group of young Australians commit themselves to go overseas solely with the purpose of helping disadvantaged people, environmental groups or human rights organisations.

  • Australia Needs Home-Based Employment

    Owen Thomas     |      December 19, 2008

    The idea of home-based employment has truly come of age.

    Technology has evolved to a point where much of the work currently done in centralised office blocks can now be done at home. However, much of the benefit of a remote workplace is not being realised. Rural communities are starved of people who move to evermore bloated cities. Society is reluctant to move away from an economic and social model that is now, more than ever, just an anachronism.

    Home-based employment has the power to change Australian society for the better. Not only does it benefit people whose work adapts to a remote work setting, but it has flow on effects that yield positive consequences to remote communities and large cities alike.