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100 years of Anzac

Anzac Day

Anzac Day on 25 April is a national day of commemoration. It marks the day the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed in Gallipoli 1915. Anzac Day commemorations traditionally begin with dawn services around Australia and at important sites across the globe.

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How to live?

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The Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015 takes place from 18 to 24 May. It is an annual literary festival that includes author talks, conversations, film screenings, panels, readings, workshops and various events for children. This year’s theme is ‘How to live?’

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Kiss Goodbye to MS

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Kiss Goodbye to MS calls on people with multiple sclerosis (MS), their friends, family and colleagues to raise funds for research into a cure of the disease. During the month of May, MS Australia asks everyone to wear red lipstick and share the message with events throughout Australia.

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Blog of the Day

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All life is precious: We must remember them

posted by Brigadier Tim Hanna AM, Apr 28, 2015

On this year's Anzac Day Brigadier Tim Hanna had a very personal reminder that every life is precious. He says as a mature and caring society we should continue to reflect on the loss of lives and its far-reaching impact on communities.

A very recent near death experience has strongly reinforced to me the importance of each and every person who walks this earth and, in particular as we just commemorated the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli, all those who have served our country.

My experience was a motor vehicle accident which, but for my seat belt, would have added me to Australia’s national road death statistics.

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Featured Forum

Vision for Australia featured forum

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. In 2015, we are developing a robust 'big-picture' vision and a roadmap for Australia's increasingly diverse society over the next decade and longer term.

At Global Access Partners (GAP) we have been running Taskforces and Consultative Committees for 14 years. The GAP alumni comprises of about 5,000 members. 500 of them are active in ongoing projects. 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. For this we want your input – your voice will be heard.

We will collect your ideas and produce a report that will be presented at the GAP Annual Growth Summit in September. Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au with your blog idea and help us actively shape the future of Australia.

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