What is OpenForum?

Open Forum is an independent collaborative think-tank built around an interactive discussion website hosted and moderated by Global Access Partners (GAP). It provides a platform for focused dialogue on social, political, economic, ecological and cultural issues and challenges.

User login

Site News

Light, music and ideas

Vivid Sydney 2015

This year’s Vivid festival will run from 22 May until 8 June 2015 in Sydney. For 18 days the city will be transformed with light, music and ideas.

read more »

How to live?

Sydney Writers' Festival 2015 logo

The Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015 takes place from 18 to 24 May. It is an annual literary festival that includes author talks, conversations, film screenings, panels, readings, workshops and various events for children. This year’s theme is ‘How to live?’

read more »

Kiss Goodbye to MS

Kiss Goodbye to MS logo

Kiss Goodbye to MS calls on people with multiple sclerosis (MS), their friends, family and colleagues to raise funds for research into a cure of the disease. During the month of May, MS Australia asks everyone to wear red lipstick and share the message with events throughout Australia.

read more »

Blog of the Day

Ian McAuleys picture

A better way for the government to stimulate the economy

posted by Ian McAuley, May 22, 2015

Are the measures in the Budget the best way to make progress on the structural issues Australia is facing? Ian McAuley and Miriam Lyons suggest a more assured way to revitalise the economy.

The fiscal boost in the Commonwealth budget – $33 billion or 2 per cent of GDP – is probably about right. The Australian economy is going through a difficult post-mining boom transition. Retail, media and other industries are facing disruptions of technological change, and the shock waves of the 1998 financial crisis are still rippling through the economy. Unemployment seems to be stuck above 6 percent (the budget forecasts see no relief), and there is plenty of spare capacity in the economy before inflation becomes a problem.

But there are two questions about the budget. The first is technical: Will that outcome be achieved? The second is more basic: Are the measures in the budget the best way to stimulate the economy? Are they just a fix to deal with immediate fiscal problems or are they grounded in an economic vision for our country? Is the budget only about poll-driven politics or does it help us deal with the hard problems we must confront?  

read more »

Featured Forum

Vision for Australia featured forum

Today we are reaching out to every Australian as we embark on a major initiative to create a narrative and execute a vision for Australia. In 2015, we are developing a robust 'big-picture' vision and a roadmap for Australia's increasingly diverse society over the next decade and longer term.

At Global Access Partners (GAP) we have been running Taskforces and Consultative Committees for 14 years. The GAP alumni comprises of about 5,000 members. 500 of them are active in ongoing projects. We have a strong online community. And now we are bringing it all together to create a synthesis of your views on the future of Australia. For this we want your input – your voice will be heard.

We will collect your ideas and produce a report that will be presented at the GAP Annual Growth Summit in September. Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au with your blog idea and help us actively shape the future of Australia.

read more »


Recommended Articles

A ‘boring’ Budget?

Dominic O'Sullivan's picture

The Budget’s main goal was to position the Government for re-election. Dominic O’Sullivan says the importance of balancing the Budget raises deeply philosophical questions that are insufficiently ‘boring’ to provide political safety.

Mindfulness and me

Leah Sparkes's picture

Mindfulness is effective in managing stress and improving our attention span. Executive coach Leah Sparkes sees the benefits in her professional and personal life.

Working families benefit from reform of early childhood education

Samantha Page's picture

The Federal Government has released a new childcare package on the weekend. Samantha Page, CEO of Early Childhood Australia, welcomes the reform but voices some concerns.

Cuts to aid funding in the Budget 2015 unfair and short-sighted

Kylie Bourne's picture

The Government announced severe cuts to Australia’s aid funding in the Budget 2015. Dr Kylie Bourne explains why lifting people in our region out of poverty is in our own interest.

For the girl who wasn’t there

Xenia Girdler's picture

Mental health and addiction is managed under separate community health services and training packages. Xenia Girdler says clients with complex support needs will continue to fall through the cracks if this doesn’t change.

Building the wise economy

Andrea Warr's picture

An ageing population is changing the face of the Australian workplace. As part of GAP’s 'A Vision for Australia’ initiative, Andrea Warr says we can create a new phase of working life before retirement.