WHAT IS THE NEXT BIG QUESTION? REPORT NO1, FIRST REFLECTIONS APRIL-OCTOBER 2009
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The overall objective of this project is to create a global on-line space for Australians to ask the questions designed to create a new conversation about the future. The project, launched in April 2009, brought together Nobel Laureate – Prof Peter Doherty; Australia’s Chief Scientist – Prof Penny Sackett; and former Australian of the Year and Child Advocate – Prof Fiona Stanley – who asked their next big question, identified its importance, and its implications for Australia’s future. The project was officially launched by eminent Australian scientist Prof Frank Fenner, who played a major role in overseeing the eradication of smallpox from the world. It also featured a question by a young Australian National University student, Tom Sloan. The input of the next generation into this on-line conversation is an important component of this project.