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Early diagnosis and research are the two ways to beat cancer. Blue September is raising funds for awareness of cancers affecting men and cancer research.


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Together we can stop the heartache


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This September big-hearted Australians are again invited to help save lives and make research possible by supporting the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal.


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Spring clean your wardrobe


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It is National Op Shop Week from 24 to 31 August, where Australians are invited to celebrate the vital role of their charity op shops. The week is a reminder to spring clean their wardrobes and donate clothing in good condition but no-longer needed to their local charity op shops.


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Team Australia: From bad fashion to bad politics


posted by Binoy Kampmark, Sep 02, 2014

Tony Abbott recently declared that everyone has got to be on ‘Team Australia’. Binoy Kampmark argues that the politics of division can never unite and are bound to send groups into even more insularity.

The current prime minister of Australia may have never had it. If he did, he has certainly lost the plot. Every national image is bound to be wrapped in some ghastly ribbon, the sort that, when untied, looks as absurd as its producer. For Prime Minister Tony Abbott, it has become necessary to articulate the worst and the dullest of patriotic slogans. His latest addition, only cursorily dusted from his days as a brash pugilist, is that of Team Australia.

If you want to fight terrorism, embrace Team Australia. If you want to back counter-terrorism laws that will roughen, rather than toughen, the state of civil liberties, then join Team Australia.


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Featured Forum

Education


Education is a subject close to all of our hearts. Whether it is finding the best school for our children or choosing the right university, it is about shaping the future of the next generation.

Educational research is hard to read, and there is an abundance of opposing opinions and emotional debate around the subject. Independent or public? Mixed or single-sex? Does paying a lot of money for education actually get you a better result?

In our featured forum on Education we want to explore an array of issues, including the current state of the Australian education system, the future of higher education, new models of funding, education in the context of a deregulatory government, Australia’s position on the global stage regarding academic research, the quality of teaching and collaboration between business and academia.

The featured forum will be leading up to the Global Access Partners Annual Growth Summit on Education in Sydney on the 18th and 19th of September 2014 at NSW Parliament House with speakers and participants featured in this area.

If you would like to contribute a blog to join the debate, please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au.


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