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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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Speak your mind

FODI 2014

For the 6th time the Sydney Opera House hosts a festival of ideas, conversation and debate. The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is presented in association with St James Ethics Centre.

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Blog of the Day

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Retail therapy that’s good for the community

posted by Kerryn Caulfield, Sep 01, 2014

Op shops raise vital funds for community welfare programs while playing an important environmental role. Kerryn Caulfield encourages us to take the time and visit our local op shop to donate unwanted clothes and household items.

It’s spring! Time to declutter the house and wardrobes and do something good for the community by donating to your local op shops.

Op shops are the public face of the charity recycling sector, arguably Australia’s largest social enterprise network that raises funds for vital community support programs while playing an important environmental role.

Through the annual National Op Shop Week, the sector seeks to create greater awareness of the role of charity recycling in communities to boost donations of quality clothing and household goods that will raise funds or be provided to individuals and families in crisis as emergency relief.

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Featured Forum


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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