The National Forum

The National Forum was incorporated as a not-for-profit company to be a vehicle to promote democratic uses of the Internet in Australia. The National Forum site is a virtual Town Square designed to provide free democratic space on the web for our citizens, and shop fronts for our institutions.

We recognise that to be successful this revolution must involve everyone: that it must harness and focus all the forces of civil and political society across the whole spectrum of views. To that end we have already enlisted as members some significant Australian institutions including the University of Melbourne, the Brisbane Institute, QUT, the Local Government Association of Queensland, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy and Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, as well as prominent individuals and parliamentarians.

In our first years of operation we have concentrated on building a community through our publication, On Line Opinion. In the last 18 months we have built our legislature - the iParliament; our speaker's corner - The Domain; an area for conversations - OnLineOpinions; - an area for deliberative democracy - On Line Focus; and the first volume of our library has been put on the shelf - Issues Briefs. We have a lot more interactivity planned for the next 12 months.

On Line Opinion intends to let people speak for themselves. Over time we aim to build a community that is interested in Australian society and its ideas; where everyone has an opinion and has the means to express it to as wide a group as possible.

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