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IPC logo26 September to 2 October 2016 is Right to Know Week, brought to you by the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC). Right To Know Day on 28 September is an international annual event to increase awareness of citizen’s rights to access government information and open, transparent government.


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Alzheimer's Australia logoSeptember is Dementia Awareness Month. The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone". Wednesday 21 September 2016 is World Alzheimer's Day.


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Technology and transformation


Digital Disruption for Government 2016The second Annual Digital Disruption for Government 2016 takes place in Sydney 27-28 September with a pre-conference workshop on 26 September.


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Powerless without glory


posted by Max Thomas, Sep 27, 2016

It has been reported over the weekend that the closure of the Victoria’s Hazelwood plant in the Latrobe Valley may be imminent. Max Thomas is concerned about the future of a region that has been left with gaping holes – not only in the ground, but also in its socio-economic fabric.

The photographs of 'Hazelwood' power station in this story evidently don't have enough harmless condensate for the know-nothings to be outraged about. So it appears that "The Age" used a shot of another power station at the top, just for effect. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.


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Spaces of Australian Innovation


How can Australia build and nurture spaces for innovation and creative engagement so that we can become a truly innovative nation? At the end of last year Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed his innovation statement, calling for an 'ideas boom' with a funding package of almost $1.1 billion. What has happened since then?

For the next two months this forum will explore space in the physical, virtual and metaphorical sense. We will discuss Spaces to Collaborate in smarter cities as centres of entrepreneurship and creative culture; Spaces to Learn and nurture Australian talent, embed design thinking and foster personal and economic growth; Research Spaces to encourage academia and industry to collaborate and commercialise research; Head Space and Outer Space, examining the potential of the emerging commercial space industry.

The forum will be leading up to the Global Access Partners 7th Annual Economic Summit on the 15th and 16th of September 2016 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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