History

Back ground of Forum Australia:
Forum Australia (Aussie Forum Inc) was established in 2005. It is a Canberra based registered organisation, which periodically holds open forums and debates on issues that concern all Australians. The organisation believes in “Having your say”, with a view to help improve in decision making at a National level.

Past and upcoming forums are listed below:

  • Intergenerational Care
  • Islamophobia – Myth or Reality
  • First Australians: Raising Our Understanding
  • Adapting to Marriage Equality
  • Domestic Violence: Causes & Cures
  • Refugees: Whose Rights? Who’s Right?
  • Australian International Aid: Accountability & Transparency
  • Mixed Up! Intergenerational Views on Living Across Cultures
  • De-stressing the boiling point
  • Fundraising Dinner for Canberra Hospital Paedriatrics
  • Interfaith Harmony: Where are we?
  • Renewable Energy Future of Canberra
  • Australia Under New Management
  • Women in today’s Society
  • Afghanistan: The Way Ahead
  • The Heat is On: Carbon Tax – A local perspective
  • Nurturing the dream: owning a home
  • Education reform: The way ahead: Higher Education in Australia
  • To be or not to be Nuclear
  • Gen Y: Why not?
  • Unity in diversity
  • Who to trust in Australian politics
  • One world one dream: Living in Harmony
  • Skills shortage in Australia
  • Canberra in 2020
  • Pakistan: The way ahead
  • Millenniem Development Goals: Are we on track?
  • Australia a republic?

The speakers and Masters of Ceremonies at these forums include:

  • Lish Fejer, Presenter, ABC Radio, Canberra
  • Barnie van Wyk, CEO, St Vincent DePaul Society ACT/ Goulburn
  • Senator David Smith, Federal Senator for the Australian Capital Territory (Labor)
  • Adj Prof Kylie Ward, CEO, Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
  • Nic Manikis, Former Senior Executive ACT Government
    President, Fair Canberra
  • Harry Oppermann, Active member of the Canberra interfaith community, Former Deputy Chair, Canberra Multicultural Community Forum (CMCF)
  • Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM, MP, Member for Eden-Monaro, New South Wales
  • Helen Wachirs, President and Human Rights Commissioner, ACT Human Rights Commission
  • Brice Hamack, President, The Islamophobia Register of Australia
  • Violet Sheridan, Ngunnawal Elder
  • Jolene Laverty, Media Professional
  • Rachel Stephen-Smith, ACT Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
  • Julie Tongs, CEO, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
  • Jack Waterford, Former Editor-at-Large, Canberra Times
  • Joshua Gilbert, Senior Consultant, Indigenous Consulting, PwC
  • Jessa Rogers, Assistant Professor in Education, University of Canberra
  • Veronica Wensing, ACT Greens
  • The Ven. Dr Wayne Brighton, Public Issues Commission, Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn
  • Asmi Wood, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law
  • Chris Steel, Member for Murrumbidgee, ACT Legislative Assembly
  • Siobhan Heanue, Reporter, Presenter, ABC Television, Radio and Online
  • Martin Fisk, CEO, Menslink Canberra
  • David Matthews, Interim Coordinator-General for Family Safety, Justice and Community Safety Directorate, ACT Government
  • Mary Pekin, CEO, Relationships Australia Inc.
  • Dr Tahmina Rashid, Associate Professor International Studies,
  • Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra
  • Amne Alrifai, Community Worker, Blogger at Unveiled Thought, Human Rights Supporter
  • Dr Helen Watchirs, President and Human Rights Commissioner, ACT Human Rights Commission
  • Yvette Berry MLA, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Youth Affairs, ACT Labor Party
  • Giulia Jones MLA, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, ACT Liberal Party
  • Veronica Wensing, Candidate for Yerrabi, ACT Greens
  • Kathryn Elliott, Director, Health Program and Performance Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Emily Wilson, International Policy Manager, Australian Red Cross, ACT
  • Professor William Maley, The Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University
  • Sam Zappia, Manager, Country Programs Team, Care Australia, ACT
  • Elliott Dunn, ABC 666 Radio – Master of Ceremonies
  • Kanti Jinna, Advisor, Canberra Multicultural Community Forum
  • Samreen Syed, Law Student, Australian National University
  • Andrea Ho, 666 ABC Radio & Online Manager, ACT, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Jeevan Nadanakumar, Student, Australian National University, Member volunteer youth broadcaster, FM91.1 Community Radio
  • Rolf Bachmann, CYSFP Case Management Team Leader, Southside Community Services
  • Professor John Powers – ANU
  • Mary Pekin – CEO, Relationships Australia, ACT and Region
  • Dr John Martin – Psychologist
  • Her Excellency Rima Alaadeen, Ambassador, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Reverend Nikolai Blaskow,
    Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn
  • Diana Abdel-Rahman, President Australian Muslim Voice and
    Chair, Canberra Multicultural Community Forum
  • Dean Sahu Khan,
    Chair, Canberra Interfaith Forum
  • Message from Harry Oppermann, Jewish Representative, Canberra Interfaith Forum
  • Kanti Jinna – Hindu Representative
  • Amne Alrifai – Muslim Youth Representative
  • John Grimes, CEO, Australian Solar Council
  • Dr Igor Skryabin, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Australian National University
  • Julian Fitzgerald, Journalist, Claireville Press, ACT
  • Andrea Ho, Master of Ceremony, ABC 666 Canberra
  • Professor John Wanna, Australian Politics and Public Policy, Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration, Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Australian National University
  • Professor Jenny Stewart, Professor of Public Policy, Australian Defence Force Academy
  • Ms Rachelle Towart , CEO, Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, Canberra
  • Ms Laura Taylor, Gender Advisor, CARE Australia
  • Miss Emma Deegan , The young voice of a student at the Australian National University
  • Ms Lauren Renshaw, Researcher, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra
  • His Excellency Mr Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Ambassador for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • His Excellency Abdul Malik Abdullah, High Commissioner for Pakistan
  • Nicholas Stuart, columnist with The Canberra Times
  • Professor William Maley, Foundation Director, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy
  • Andrew Leigh, Federal Member for Fraser, ALP
  • Gary Humphries, Liberal Senator for the ACT
  • Shane Rattenbury, Member ACT Legislative Assembly, Greens
  • John Passant, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Canberra
  • Jack Waterford, Editor-at-Large, Canberra Times
  • George Tomlins, Dept of Land and Property Services, ACT
  • Amanda Bresnan, MLA, ACT Greens
  • Peter Sandeman, CEO, Anglicare
  • John Miller, Executive Director, Master Builders Association, ACT
  • Shayleen Barlow, HR Manager, Goodwin Aged Care
  • Senator Gary Humphries (Liberal)
  • Ms Kerry Tucker (Greens)
  • Dr Deb Foskey (Greens)
  • Mr Bob McMullan (Labor)
  • Prof Ian Chubb (Vice Chancellor, Australian National University (ANU))
  • Prof Stephen Parker (Vice Chancellor, University of Canberra)
  • Prof John Warhurst (ANU), President, ACT Republican Movement
  • Prof Aiden Byrne (ANU),
  • Ms Karen Middleton (SBS TV)
  • Ms Virginia Haussegger (Writer, Journalist, ABC TV)
  • Cardinal George Pell (Catholic Archbishop, Sydney)
  • Ms Mary Porter (MLA ACT Legislative Assembly)
  • Bishop Francis (Former Archbishop of ACT and Golburn)
  • Dr Colin Adrian (CEO Canberra Institute of Technology)
  • Dr Mandy Scott (University of Canberra)
  • Prof Swee Hin Toh ( Griffith University)
  • Mr Simon Grose (Canberra Times)
  • Prof William Maley (ANU)
  • Dr Christopher Snedden (Deakin University)
  • Rabbi John Levi (Melbourne University)
  • Dr Hussein Mughaddam (ANU)
  • Hon Jalil Jilani (Ex High Commissioner for Pakistan in Australia)
  • Mr Bruce Sinclair (Humanist, Canberra)
  • Mr Zed Seselja (ACT Liberal Party – MLA, Leader of the Opposition)
  • Ms Meredith Hunter (MLA,ACT Greens)
  • Mr Jack Waterford (Canberra Times)
  • Mr Neil Savery (ACT Housing)
  • Prof Terry Hull (ANU)
  • Mr Alan Fitzgerald (President, Australian Constitutional Monarchy, ACT)
  • Dr Julia Newton (CEO Care Australia)
  • Mr Ahmed Yusuf (Former President, Canberra Islamic Centre)
  • Ms Kerry Tucker (ACT Greens)
  • Dr Muhammad Yamin (Canberra University)

All of the forums were well attended and productive. Most of them were covered by media including, radio, TV and newspapers.