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Vision for Australia

Today we are reaching out to every Australian as we embark on a major initiative to create a narrative and execute a vision for Australia. For this we want your input - your voice will be heard. At Global Access Partners (GAP) we have been running advisory bodies and policy consultations for 14 years. We have a strong online community. And now we are bringing it all together to create a synthesis of your views on the future of Australia.


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Globalisation of Education


Global Mindset

Global Mindset is presenting its 13th conference on Globalisation of Education/Skills Training on 25 March 2015 in Sydney. It will present more than 30 leaders from Australia, USA, Canada, Latin America Singapore, Malaysia and India on a number of themes.


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The proposition is ‘Only the wicked need fear government spying’ on 31 March in Sydney at the first IQ2 debate of 2015.


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The Future of Coal Seam Gas after the NSW Election


posted by James Horne, Mar 27, 2015

The New South Wales state election will be held on Saturday 28 March. James Horne discusses the future of coal seam gas, one of the major issues in this campaign.

Coal seam gas (CSG) is one of the most controversial issues bubbling through the New South Wales election campaign.

It’s a particularly hot topic in regional NSW, where communities and farmers have often felt their concerns have not taken seriously enough by the CSG industry and successive Labor and Coalition governments.


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Security & Risk


Technology and globalisation have made the world increasingly connected but also, some argue, less safe. Organised crime and terrorist organisations are using the internet to establish virtual marketplaces for illegal goods and social networking between criminals. The Australian Crime Commission estimates that cyber and technology-enabled crime costs Australia about $2 billion every year. More than 70% of Australians fall victim to cybercrime and internet fraud. Banks face the ongoing challenge of creating the delicate balance between strong security and convenient access for their customers.

Then there’s the changed security environment since 9/11. Last year Australia's terror threat level was raised from medium to high, meaning a terror attack is officially considered "likely" in this country. And just recently the threat level for police also moved to high in recognition of the danger they face as first responders. This follows recent terrorism events here and abroad.

How are we going to manage these threats? In our featured forum on Security and Risk we will discuss the ethical appropriateness of surveillance and the right governance and accountability processes of national security. Last year the Government announced plans to give security agencies more resources and legal powers to respond to technological change and security threats. Now there are concerns about this scheme coming from Australia's intelligence agency watchdog and the nation's biggest telecommunications company itself. Can we strike a healthy balance between privacy and security?

We invite you to join the debate. Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au to share your story, opinion or blog idea.


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