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Improve youth employment

United NationsThe 15th July 2016 is World Youth Skills Day. The UN is observing the day with a special event on the theme of “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment."


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Celebrate NAIDOC week

NAIDOC WeekIt’s NAIDOC week from 3 to 10 July 2016. NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Theme of upcoming GAP Summit announced

Spaces of Australian Innovation image for site newsHow can Australia build and nurture spaces for innovation and creative engagement so that we can become a truly innovative nation? This will be the key theme of this year’s Global Access Partners Annual Economic Summit in the NSW Legislative Assembly Chamber on 15 and 16 September.

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Mining the Liverpool Plains: No place for politics in proper policy process

posted by James Horne, Jun 30, 2016

Politicians should respect the outcome of a robust policy process that gave Commonwealth approval for the Shenhua mine – even if they don’t like the result, writes James Horne.

The impact of new coal mines on water resources and agricultural land is an election issue, at least in the electorate of New England. The seat is a hot spot for the campaign with the incumbent member, who also happens to be the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, fighting to retain it against a challenge from the previous member, Tony Windsor. In the heat of this electoral battle, what can one make of the political claims and counterclaims, and the policy issues that sit alongside them?

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Australian Youth

For the next two months, we will talk with youth workers, researchers, young industry professionals and various youth organisations. Why do we want to talk about youth? Because the topics that concern them affect all of us, young and old.

According to a recent survey, young people identified alcohol and drugs, equity and discrimination, and the economy and financial matters as some of the most important issues in Australia today.

This year, nearly 350,000 young people are not enrolled to vote in Australia. What can we do to get everyone involved in the political process?

Many young people report that they face barriers when it comes to their post-school study/work goals. What factors are affecting the job market and youth employment rates, and what can we do to address the number and quality of job opportunities?

Lots of youngsters also question their confidence when it comes to achieving their ambitions after school. How are current educational programs preparing students for their careers? What changes can we expect to see in education, and how will they affect youth now and in the future?

Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au and share your ideas, your hopes and concerns with our online community.

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Australian Youth Discussion Forum

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