Time is running out to tell us What Matters to you

Date: 18/03/2009

The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney is asking for students in years 5-12 in NSW and the ACT to write a 400-600 word opinion piece about the issues in society that are important to them.

Entries for the 'What Matters?' essay competition, proudly sponsored by Officeworks, close on Wednesday 1 April, 2009.

So far students have submitted essays on a wide range of global and local issues including the global financial crisis, the welfare of children in a divorce, the role of religion in society, racial inequality and the difficulties of being a teenager.

The overall winner for 2009 will be announced at a special awards ceremony, to be attended by former Prime Minister, the Hon. Gough Whitlam and competition patron Hugh Mackay.

The generous support of Officeworks has made it possible for each category winner and runner-up to be awarded cash prizes and an invitation to attend a Young Writers Workshop, and each participating school will also be part of a draw for 5 prizes to the value of $1,000 each.

As an additional prize, ActNow, an initiative of the Inspire Foundation, will also offer the year 11/12 category winner a place in their 'Cash for Comment' writing program, where they will be invited to participate in an all expenses paid two-day workshop and have the opportunity to be paid for their work.

All winning entries will be published on the Whitlam Institute website.

Entries close Wednesday 1 April, 2009. Application forms can be downloaded from: www.whitlam.org. For more information, contact the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney: (02) 9685 9161.



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