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Open Forum is an independent collaborative think-tank built around an interactive discussion website hosted and moderated by Global Access Partners (GAP). It provides a platform for focused dialogue on social, political, economic, ecological and cultural issues and challenges.

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Celebrate NAIDOC week

NAIDOC WeekIt’s NAIDOC week from 3 to 10 July 2016. NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Theme of upcoming GAP Summit announced

Spaces of Australian Innovation image for site newsHow can Australia build and nurture spaces for innovation and creative engagement so that we can become a truly innovative nation? This will be the key theme of this year’s Global Access Partners Annual Economic Summit in the NSW Legislative Assembly Chamber on 15 and 16 September.

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With courage let us all combine

Refugee Week 2016 logo colourIt’s Refugee Week from 19 to 25 June 2016, where we are invited to celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society with theatre, music, dance, film and other events all over Australia.


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Part 2 of 3. Why Tesla and 200,000 Australian auto workers need each other

posted by Stewart Nattrass, Jun 24, 2016

Tesla has pulled off the greatest sales and marketing campaign in the history of the auto industry, without one car on the show room floor. In his second of three blogs Stewart Nattrass looks at the current state of the global market and where we could be in five years.

Let’s start with a recent speech made by the CEO of GM, Mary Barra. Her opening salvo I believe was that the industry will experience more change in the next five years than it has in the last 50 years.

Surely not more turbulent than the GFC? Let’s explore what has happened since the turn of the new millennium and just what effect the GFC has had on the global auto industry.

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Featured Forum

Australian Youth

For the next two months, we will talk with youth workers, researchers, young industry professionals and various youth organisations. Why do we want to talk about youth? Because the topics that concern them affect all of us, young and old.

According to a recent survey, young people identified alcohol and drugs, equity and discrimination, and the economy and financial matters as some of the most important issues in Australia today.

This year, nearly 350,000 young people are not enrolled to vote in Australia. What can we do to get everyone involved in the political process?

Many young people report that they face barriers when it comes to their post-school study/work goals. What factors are affecting the job market and youth employment rates, and what can we do to address the number and quality of job opportunities?

Lots of youngsters also question their confidence when it comes to achieving their ambitions after school. How are current educational programs preparing students for their careers? What changes can we expect to see in education, and how will they affect youth now and in the future?

Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au and share your ideas, your hopes and concerns with our online community.

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