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    G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit

    Open Forum     |      February 14, 2013

    Young entrepreneurial business owners are being urged to apply to be part of the Australian delegation attending the 2013 G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA) Summit in Moscow in June.

    The Enterprise Network for Young Australians (ENYA) will send 20 young entrepreneurs to the meeting in Russia that will develop a policy document for the G20 Leaders Summit executive, comprising recommendations to enable young entrepreneurs to better contribute to economic growth, job creation, innovation and social change.

    Young Australian entrepreneurs can apply at www.enya.org.au/win to be part of the Australian delegation and be in the running for a $5,000 business grant awarded by the ENYA expert panel.

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    2013 Barnardos Mother of the Year Awards

    Open Forum     |      February 11, 2013

    Each year Barnardos Australia recognises and rewards inspirational mothers in our community through the Barnardos Australia’s Mother of the Year Awards. Launched in 1996, the Awards recognise the enormous contribution that mums make in shaping Australia’s future through their role in the nurture of children. Nominations are currently invited from any Australian who knows an exceptional mum.

    A judging panel, comprising ambassadors and sponsor representatives will gather in March to assess the top 100 nominations, from which three finalists will be selected for each Australian state and territory.

    Nominations are now open and close on 01 March 2013.  

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    Chinese New Year Festival

    Open Forum     |      February 9, 2013

    Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the lunar calendar and 2013 is the Year of the Water Snake. Chinese New Year, beginning Sunday 10 February, is longest and most important festival in the Chinese calendar and is celebrated with a host of events in capital cities across Australia.

  • United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation

    Open Forum     |      February 4, 2013

    The United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation is being celebrated in 2013. The year is designed to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. It will act to highlight issues associated with water education, water diplomacy, transboundary water management, financing cooperation and national/international legal frameworks.

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    2013 election date announced

    Open Forum     |      January 31, 2013

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the date of the 2013 federal election, with all Australians to head to the ballot box on Saturday, 14 September.

    In a speech delivered to the National Press Club the Prime Minister stated the early election date would allow Australians to “plan their year”.

    "The benefit of fixing the date now is not just the end of speculation about election timing. It gives shape and order to year," she said.

    "And it enables it to be one, not of fevered campaigning but of cool and reasons deliberation.

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    Thank you Australia competition

    Open Forum     |      January 16, 2013

    Australia Day logoThe Australia Day Council of NSW (ADCNSW) recently launched the Thank You Australia competition, encouraging everyday Australians to upload a photo of themselves to the AUSSIEVAULT website. By posting a short message expressing why you are grateful for being Australian you can win cash and prizes. The Thank You Australia messages will form part of a national online gallery of everyday and well-known Aussies, including Kate Ritchie, Ita Buttrose, Geoff Huegill, and John Williamson to help celebrate Australia Day.

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    2012 Indigenous Engagement Survey

    Open Forum     |      December 4, 2012

    The Business Council of Australia has released its 2012 Indigenous Engagement Survey, the fourth annual report of BCA member company Indigenous engagement activities. BCA President Tony Shepherd said the 2012 survey attracted a record 81 per cent response rate from member companies (up from 74 per cent last year), with 76 per cent of respondents reporting they had formal Indigenous engagement strategies in place.

    The survey results show that Indigenous engagement is fast becoming an essential aspect of business practice among Australia’s large companies. Employers see it as a practical way of contributing to significant social change that simultaneously makes them better businesses, and employees are starting to really value and expect it in the workplace.

    Key findings from the 2012 survey include:

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    Wellbeing: Too many measures hamper progress

    Open Forum     |      May 31, 2012

  • Pets in Strata – recognising benefits and balance

    Open Forum     |      January 13, 2012

    Pets are a popular part of the lives of most Australians and with the increasing popularity of higher density living, the best way to manage pet ownership in strata accommodation is an important issue for pet owners and strata communities across Australia, according to Susie Willis.

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    RMIT University research project

    Open Forum     |      September 28, 2011

    Climate change is a complex challenge and perhaps one of the largest that the world has ever faced.
    As part of Robert Petruzzi’s undergraduate studies at RMIT University he is currently undertaking a research project measuring the level at which youths are willing to change their socio-economic behaviour in response to climate change.

    Although the study may identify important trends and behaviours, the results will not be published but only shared with staff and other students in the course.
    If you would like to be involved please complete the online questionnaire. This will take only 10 minutes of your time, the answers you provide are anonymous and will be stored confidentially.

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    Science takes a bow

    Open Forum     |      September 7, 2011

    Open Forum would to like to recognise the world-class achievements of Australia’s top scientists, science educators and communicators who have been awarded 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

    From sea pansy-powered drug development, to superfast computer chips, and research questioning the ethics and effectiveness of whipping horses, the 22nd Annual Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are a tour de force of Australian research and innovation.

    The country’s brightest minds in scientific investigation, leadership, journalism and communication and school science gathered at Sydney‟s Hordern Pavilion on 6 September for Australian sciences "night of nights‟. Seventy-nine finalists were brought together from around the country, competing for more than $240 000 in prize money.

  • Far Right-Christian Jihad – Why we should be worried in Australia

    Open Forum     |      July 27, 2011

    There is a growing movement in Australia that equates fundamental Christianity with hatred of the Federal Labor government.

    We have heard of the shocking events in Norway as a Christian fundamentalist bombed a government center and perpetrated a shooting attack on a nearby island holiday camp that together left at least 70 people dead.

    The acts of this extremist, with admitted links to far-right/neo-Nazi cells, has by his actions copied Islamic extremists, in fact almost making common cause with them. 

    The big difference with this attack was that this terrorist did not just target random people, like on Sept 11 or in the Bali Bombing. He targeted members of the Norwegian Labour Party only – especially it’s youth wing and its central office. This is a sobering issue for political debate in Australia – these people where killed because of their moderate, mainstream political beliefs.