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Vivid Sydney 2015

This year’s Vivid festival will run from 22 May until 8 June 2015 in Sydney. For 18 days the city will be transformed with light, music and ideas.


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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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A better way for the government to stimulate the economy


posted by Ian McAuley, May 22, 2015

Are the measures in the Budget the best way to make progress on the structural issues Australia is facing? Ian McAuley and Miriam Lyons suggest a more assured way to revitalise the economy.

The fiscal boost in the Commonwealth budget – $33 billion or 2 per cent of GDP – is probably about right. The Australian economy is going through a difficult post-mining boom transition. Retail, media and other industries are facing disruptions of technological change, and the shock waves of the 1998 financial crisis are still rippling through the economy. Unemployment seems to be stuck above 6 percent (the budget forecasts see no relief), and there is plenty of spare capacity in the economy before inflation becomes a problem.

But there are two questions about the budget. The first is technical: Will that outcome be achieved? The second is more basic: Are the measures in the budget the best way to stimulate the economy? Are they just a fix to deal with immediate fiscal problems or are they grounded in an economic vision for our country? Is the budget only about poll-driven politics or does it help us deal with the hard problems we must confront?  


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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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